On February 12, Alstom shipped the last Metropolis trainset for Riyadh Metro from its plant in Katowice, Poland, as part of the contract won by the FAST consortium. Since the delivery of the first train in January 2017, every step of the trains’ production, including final static and dynamic tests, was carried out at the Katowice site. After having successfully completed all tests, the last Riyadh metro train passed factory acceptance by the customer.
The Metropolis trains for Riyadh are composed of two cars and are 36 meters long. Each train features three classes: first, family and single class. The trains are driverless and 100% motorized, allowing them to run on gradients of up to a 6% slope.
The trains will offer passengers a high level of comfort, ergonomic seating, LED lightning, air conditioning and advanced passenger information systems.
In 2013, Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) awarded FAST consortium a EUR 5.8 billion contract for for the design and construction of lines 4, 5 and 6 of the Riyadh metro system.
Alstom’s share in the contract amounts to more than EUR 1.2 billion and includes 69 Metropolis trainsets, the delivery of Urbalis, the CBTC signalling solution, as well as the power supply and the energy recovery system Hesop. The metro system has been optimized to reduce energy consumption.
The FAST consortium includes FCC, the leader, Samsung, Alstom, Freyssinet Saudi Arabia, Strukton, Setec and Typsa.