Bucharest metro operator orders Metropolis trains for new line

3 November 2020 (Last Updated November 3rd, 2020 15:31)

Romanian state-owned metro operator Metrorex has ordered Alstom Metropolis trains for the newly built Line 5 in Bucharest.

Bucharest metro operator orders Metropolis trains for new line
Bucharest Metro. Credit: Cristi2555.

Romanian state-owned metro operator Metrorex has ordered Alstom Metropolis trains for the newly built Line 5 in Bucharest.

The contract will enable Metrorex to procure up to 30 Metropolis trains in two batches. The company has already placed an order of 13 trains, valuing more than €100m.

The overall value of the contract will increase to €240m if Metrorex exercises the option to procure the remaining 17 units.

As agreed, Alstom will deliver the first unit in less than 29 months for operations on the first section of the new metro line.

The remaining 12 units will be delivered following the homologation of the first train.

Alstom Romania, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova managing director Gabriel Stanciu said: “We are very proud of this award, especially as it will see Alstom trains running for the first time in Romania.

“Alstom’s world-class metro expertise has been appreciated all over the world over the last 30 years and now the Romanian passengers will be able to enjoy it as well. We are happy to see our leadership in train production, in addition to maintenance, recognised by our Romanian customer.”

The six-car Metropolis trains for Bucharest will feature 216 seats in a longitudinal seating arrangement with two special access areas for passengers with limited mobility.

The 114m-long trains will have a stainless-steel car body shells and will be equipped with four double doors a car, large windows, LED lighting and real-time passenger information.

The vehicles will also have on-board CBTC units and be compatible with the latest trackside signalling technology.

Alstom’s Metropolis trains, in a variety of configurations, has been in operation for more than 20 years.

An Alstom-led consortium recently signed a letter of intent (LoI) for Baghdad Elevated Train project.