Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) awarded Alstom a EUR 177 million contract for the supply of 10 five-car Coradia Stream regional EMUs along with associated maintenance for a period of 15 years.
The trains will be manufactured at Alstom’s industrial site in Santa Perpètua de la Mogoda, Barcelona. Alstom will also build a new services depot in its site, where the preventive and corrective maintenance will take place.
FGC will use these 85-metre-long trains for the new commuter line that will connect Barcelona city centre with El Prat Airport. As a result, they have been designed with keeping in mind the specific needs of this type of journey, with lots of space for luggage and wider corridors to facilitate accessibility. They will also include the most advanced signalling solutions, as well as safety and passenger information systems to ensure the highest safety levels and best on-board experience.
With this contract, “the Department ensures a triple commitment to the country which includes global connectivity, transport decarbonisation and the involvement of Catalonia industry,” Jordi Puigneró, the Vice President of the Catalan Government said.
The new five-car single-deck trains will have a total capacity of 600 passengers and they will be able to operate at a maximum speed in commercial service of 120 km/h. The entire train will be low floor, except for the bogie and cab areas, with extra-wide double doors located at platform height and numerous spaces for luggage.
The cars have been designed to make the most of the interior space, ensuring greater passenger comfort and maximising train capacity. The trains have a flexible and modular architecture to adapt to different mobility needs throughout their life cycle.
For the train’s design, which was done in collaboration with the ONCE Foundation, Alstom followed universal design criteria, with the aim of offering the best travel experience for all FGC users, including those with reduced mobility. The different design proposals were also inspired, by the geography, architecture, and tradition of Catalonia.
The new Coradia Stream regional EMUs will be developed using eco-design criteria as part of FGC’s commitment to promoting sustainable mobility, and will include the selection of the raw materials, traction systems, energy efficiency, and recycling at the end of their life.
The trains “will be developed following eco-design criteria. The maximum reduction in weight will be sought to minimise consumption, an essential aspect given the climate emergency situation and the global geopolitical situation. They will be built with materials with 96% recyclability and carbon footprint during the manufacturing process will be analysed,” Marta Subirà, the president of FGC said.
Ergonomic design, accessibility, low life-cycle costs and fleet reliability will contribute to making these trains an attractive and sustainable option for promoting public transportation, thereby significantly reducing road congestion and CO2 emissions.