Alstom and Metrorex signed a contract for maintenance services for Bucharest metro train fleet following the conclusion of a public tender. The 15-year contract, valid until 2036, has a value of EUR 500 million and is based on an estimated number of kilometres covered by trains in circulation. The services cover preventive and corrective maintenance as well as overhauls for a total fleet of 82 trains at contract signature.
“This latest contract with Metrorex is a proof of our customer’s confidence in our services and we are proud to have been selected as a long-term service partner. We are committed to deliver maintenance services at the highest standards to provide passengers with safe, reliable and comfortable journeys,” Gian Luca Erbacci, Alstom Europe Region President said.
Alstom has been providing uninterrupted full maintenance services for Bucharest metro train fleet since 2004 increasing train availability from 56% to 99.96%. The French company is overhauling both the new and the old fleets. The company has performed over 60 different types of refurbishments throughout the trains’ lifespan, improving both their performance and passenger comfort.
The 82 trains totalling 492 cars have run on average a total distance of 8.5 million km on an annual basis. Over 350 people work to perform the maintenance activities.
Following the delivery of the new trains for Metro Line 5 as a result of a tender awarded last year, the fleet will be supplemented with at least 13 new metro trains starting 2023, and the maintenance contract will be extended to this additional fleet, with additional jobs to be created.
In October 2020, following Bucharest Court of Appeal’s decision, Alstom was named the winner of the tender to deliver Metrorex, the city’s metro transport operator, 13 Metropolis trainsets including a training simulator for the operating personnel. The contract includes an option to deliver future trains for the extension of the Line 5. The first section of the new metro line has been inaugurated in September 2020 spanning 7 km served by 10 stations.