The first Barcelona metro train has been put into commercial operation by Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona (TMB) on the Line 3. The Metropolis five-car trains are manufactured by Alstom at its industrial site in Santa Perpètua, Barcelona.
“With these new trains, we are improving the service by offering more comfort and accessibility, and we are also moving towards a more sustainable mobility thanks to their lower energy consumption. They are also more accessible with wider doors and corridors, and we are very aware that this is a good solution for the mobility of everyone in our society, in our city,” TMB President Laia Bonet said during the commissioning of this first train.
Barcelona metro train is equipped with new innovations and technological solutions with special emphasis on sustainability and accessibility.
The new train fleet features a lightweight structure, low energy consumption, technical reliability, ease of maintenance and improved air filtration. Accessibility conditions are also included to comply not only with current Spanish and Catalonian regulations, but also with the guidelines of neighbouring countries. The five-car trains are equipped with remote control and sensors to manage rolling stock maintenance.
Compared to the current trains, the new rolling stock also stands out in terms of digitalisation, with new information systems, more digital screens and real-time video surveillance cameras, low noise levels and the availability of USB ports for charging mobile devices. Other innovations of the new trains are the ease of access, the lighting (100% LEDs), as well as the interior design ergonomics.
The new Metropolis metro trains are being delivered under a EUR 320 million contract signed in October 2021 for the delivery of 50 trains that will replace the fleet on the city’s metro lines 1 and 3. Following the commissioning of this first train on line 3, the plan is to gradually replace the current fleet over the coming months.