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June 14, 2015

Alstom metro trainsets enter passenger service in Baku

Alstom's three new metro trainsets have entered into commercial operation on the Baku metropolitan system in Azerbaijan.

Alstom-Baku

Alstom’s three new metro trainsets have entered into commercial operation on the Baku metropolitan system in Azerbaijan.

The five-car metros, which have been produced by Alstom and Metrowagonmash, have completed all tests and are being used on Baku’s existing Red and Green lines.

These are the first trains in Azerbaijan with inter-car walkways to optimise passenger traffic flow and vertical handrails near the doors to improve passenger safety when the train is in motion.

"These new metro cars will ensure safer and more comfortable trips in Baku."

Produced at the Metrovagonmash plant, the new 1520mm-gauge trains will be capable of accommodating 1,047 passengers, 202 of them seated, with dedicated areas for passengers with reduced mobility.

The vehicles are equipped with LED lights to offer greater luminosity and better energy savings.

The company said that all materials used in the train’s interior meet global requirements in terms of anti-vandalism design.

Alstom Transport CIS region senior vice-president Martin Vaujour said: "These new metro cars will ensure safer and more comfortable trips in Baku.

"They have undergone the strictest quality control and comply with the highest standards. We intend to expand our co-operation with the Baku metro system and we will continue delivering advanced metro cars, jointly manufactured in Azerbaijan, into the future."

In 2010, Baku approved a 20-year development plan for the metro, which will see expanding the network to 84.3km with 53 additional stations by 2030.

By 2028, a total of 1,100 metro cars will be replaced and additional trains will be procured to operate on the new lines.


Image: Baku metro used on the existing Red and Green metro lines. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.

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