Alstom has delivered the first of the 50 Metropolis trainsets that will run on Dubai Red and the Green lines and the initial static and dynamic tests will be carried out in the depot over the next few months.
The train which was produced at Alstom’s site in Katowice in Poland, arrived in Dubai after being shipped from Bremerhaven Port in Germany.
The Metropolis trainsets for Dubai are 85,5 meters long and composed of five cars each. They will be able to carry up to 700 passengers each. The train offers an excellent level of passenger experience, thanks to wide gangways, large doors and windows, three specific areas for Silver, Family and Gold Classes. Eco-friendly, the train is equipped with a full electrical braking system, LED lighting and other innovations to reduce energy consumption.
In 2016, the Alstom-led ExpoLink consortium, also composed of ACCIONA and Gulermak, has signed a contract with the Transport Authority of Dubai to design and build the extension of Dubai’s Red metro line and upgrade the existing line. Alstom’s share represents half and the civil works, led by ACCIONA including Gulermark, represent the other half.
The project, also known as Route 2020, is worth a total of EUR 2.6 billion, and is expected to start commercial service in 2020, in time for the World Expo.