French train manufacturer Alstom will deliver three additional metro train sets to Transports Publics de la Région Lausannoise SA (tl) for Line M2 of the automatic, rubber-tyred metro of Lausanne in Switzerland.
The new train sets, which will include two cars each, will be identical to the first 15 train sets delivered in October 2008.
The increase in train fleet is due to the increasing numbers of passengers on the Line M2 of the tl network.
The three new train sets are scheduled to be delivered by the second quarter of 2017 with entry into service planned for the fourth quarter of the same year.
The automatic, ultra-modern metro, the M2 is the world’s only rubber-tyred metro capable of operating on a slope with a gradient of 12%.
Alstom Transport Switzerland managing director Herman Van der Linden said: "Because of its modernity and technology, the M2 metro of Lausanne represents a technological showcase for customers all over the world."
The three M2 metros will be manufactured at the company’s Valenciennes site in France, with assistance provided by various Alstom entities in Europe including the Swiss site in Neuhausen.
In 2008, the company had delivered 15 metro train sets and carried out the track laying and supplied the signalling equipment and electrical substations.
Image: Lausanne Metro. Photo: courtesy of Alstom Transport.