Chennai metro

Alstom has secured a €150m contract from India’s Lucknow Metro Rail (LMRC) to provide trainsets and a signalling system for the city’s rail network.

The manufacturer will deliver 20 four-car Metropolis trainsets, which will be assembled at the company’s Sri City train manufacturing facility in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Each Metropolis train will be air-conditioned and equipped with a passenger information system.

The company’s sites in Bangalore, India and Saint-Ouen, France will jointly supply Urbalis communications-based train control (CBTC) system.

"This is an important project for Lucknow’s inhabitants and its visitors."

Alstom’s Urbalis CBTC controls the movement of the trains, allowing them to run at higher frequencies and speeds in total safety.

Alstom Transport Asia-Pacific senior vice-president Dominique Pouliquen said: "This is an important project for Lucknow’s inhabitants and its visitors, as they will soon be able to commute from the north to the south of the city onboard a metro that is safe, fast, reliable and environmentally friendly."

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The 23km-long new Lucknow metro line will include 22 stations, including 19 elevated and three underground.

The project will be carried out in two phases, starting next December.

In the first year of operation, the line is expected to carry about 430,000 passengers a day, and increase to more than one million by 2030.

Alstom has already been awarded important metro projects in cities, including Chennai, Delhi and Kochi.

The Lucknow metro project is being carried out as a joint venture between the Indian Government and the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier this year, the government has approved the first phase of the metro with a planned investment of Rs69.3bn ($1bn).

Image: Inauguration of Chennai Metro in June 2015. Photo: © Alstom Transport.