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April 28, 2015

Alstom delivers three metro trainsets to Baku Metro in Azerbaijan

French train manufacturer Alstom has delivered three new metro trainsets to Baku Metro, the rapid transit system serving the capital of Azerbaijan.

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French train manufacturer Alstom has delivered three new metro trainsets to Baku Metro, the rapid transit system serving the capital of Azerbaijan.

These new trainsets, which each comprise five cars, will be commissioned by the end of May on one of the metro lines currently in operation.

The vehicles feature inter-car walkways to improve passenger traffic flow and vertical handrails near the doors for better passenger safety.

Alstom Transport CIS senior vice-president Martin Vaujour said: "The metros’ exterior and interior design have been improved by Alstom to ensure a better passenger comfort.

"This brand new generation of metro contributes to the modern image of Baku."

"They have undergone strict quality control to meet the highest standards. This brand new generation of metro contributes to the modern image of Baku."

The new metro train will be capable of accommodating 1,047 passengers. It offers 202 ergonomic seats, while the head car has been fitted with a dedicated area for people with reduced mobility.

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In addition, the trains are installed with LED lights to provide greater luminosity and better energy savings.

In 2010, Baku Metro announced a 20-year phase-gate development programme aimed to develop 53 new stations and an 84.3km network by 2030.

As part of this project, a total of 1,100 metro cars are to be replaced by 2028 and further trains will be purchased to run on the new lines, Alstom stated.

The new metro cars have been produced at Transmashholding’s (TMH) Metrovagonmash plant, located near Moscow, Russia.

Alstom and TMH have created four joint ventures in Russia and Kazakhstan so far, to carry out projects for the 1,520mm gauge market.


Image: The new metro trainsets of Baku Metro will be commissioned for passenger service by the end of May. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.

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