Kochi Metro Rail (KMRL) in India has unveiled the design of the new Metropolis trainset being built by Alstom for operation on the city’s metro rail network.
The trains were designed by Alstom’s design and styling department in Saint-Ouen, France, in collaboration with KMRL and Indian design company Tata Elxsi, who is also in charge of the design of the livery of the metro.
Composed of three cars, the new 65m-long trains will have 136 seats placed longitudinally, accommodating up to 975 passengers a car.
The Kochi metro line is expected to carry up to 15,000 passengers an hour and direction.
The new trains will have a maximum speed of 80km/h, and are equipped with air-conditioning and passenger information systems.
Alstom transport design and styling director Xavier Allard said: "The design of the Kochi metro has set a new benchmark in urban mobility in India, with its aesthetically pleasing and stylish designs and technological innovations promoting greener urban transportation in the country."
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Alstom was awarded a €85m contract in October 2014 to deliver 25 Metropolis standard track gauge trains for the 25.6km-long Kochi metro in the southern state of Kerala.
The contract also includes an option for 25 additional trainsets, of which an order for two was placed earlier this year.
The first trainset of the series is expected to be delivered in early 2016.
Construction of these trains is being undertaken at Alstom’s new facility at Sricity in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Alstom is also providing signalling, telecom and electrification services for the Kochi metro line under a €65m contract awarded in January.
Under the contract, the company will install its Urbalis 400 communication-based train control (CBTC) system.
Image: Kochi metro’s Metropolis trainset by Alstom. Photo: courtesy of Alstom Transport.