Alstom has won a €430m contract from the Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence for the renewal and automation of Marseille metro in France.
The company will be responsible for the development, supply and installation of the operating system and equipment for the Marseille metro’s automatic operation. Alstom will also order 38 four-car metros with rubber tyres and upgrade the AV passenger information in the stations.
The trains are expected to be operating on the Marseille metro by 2024.
Alstom said that the trains will operate in a semi-automatic mode until mid-2025 on the M2 line and until 2026 on the M1 line. The trains are expected to be fully automated after this.
The new 65m long trains will be equipped with the latest technologies to help improve customer comfort and have a capacity of up to 500 passengers. The carriages will contain large bay windows, modern passenger information systems and an air-conditioning system. The design was conceptualised by Ora-ïto and Fabien Bourdier.
Following the completion of their lifespan, the trains will be 96% recoverable. During their lifespan, they will use 25% less energy due to electric braking and LED lighting.
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Alstom will install its Urbalis 400 solution for the automation system.
Alstom France senior vice-president Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud said: “It is a great honour for us to contribute to modernising the mobility offer of Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence. Our metro experts are already at work on several of our French sites to get started quickly with developments.”
Earlier this month, Alstom and the European Metropolitan Area of Lille (MEL) unveiled their future metro trains at the 3rd Assises des Mobilités in France.
Alstom India and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) recently revealed the life-sized mock-up of the Mumbai Metro Line 3 (Aqua Line) trainset. The mock-up showcases the design and features of the vehicles.