Alstom has delivered the first of the 50 Metropolis trainsets to the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA).
In 2016, an Alstom-led ExpoLink consortium entered into a contract with RTA to design and build the extension of Dubai’s Red metro line, as well as upgrade the existing line.
The project, called Route 2020, is valued at €2.6bn.
Alstom’s is responsible for the delivery of 50 Metropolis trainsets, power supply, communication and security, track works, driverless signalling systems, platform screen doors and automatic fare control.
It is also required to upgrade the existing metro line by modernising its power supply, signalling systems, communication and tracks.
Manufactured in Alstom’s Polish facility at Katowice, the first Metropolis trainset arrived in Dubai from Bremerhaven Port in Germany.
It will now undergo initial static and dynamic tests over the following few months.
Alstom Middle East & Africa senior vice-president Didier Pfleger said: “We are extremely proud to hand over, on time, the first Metropolis trainset to RTA.
“This is a significant milestone in a prestigious project that will provide Dubai residents and visitors with a reliable, comfortable and environmentally-friendly metro system ahead of the World Expo.”
All the Metropolis trainsets to be delivered to Dubai will be 85.5m long and feature five cars.
The trains are equipped with a full electrical braking system, LED lighting, wide gangways, as well as large doors and windows.
Featuring Silver, Family and Gold Classes, each train is capable to carry up to 700 passengers.