A consortium of Siemens and Poland-based Newag has won a €272m ($370.9m) order for 35 six-car metro trains from Warsaw’s metro operator, Metro Warszawskie in Poland.
About 15 new Inspiro metro trains, which can run at a top speed of 90km/h, will operate on the Warsaw Metro system, which serves 21 stations and 20 trains on the central section of the new Line 2, currently under construction.
An option for the further extension of Line 2 allows for the delivery of 17 more trains of the same type within the next three years, and the present order calls for delivery, commissioning, testing and certification of the trains.
The trains will ease pressure on a network, which has seen ridership triple to over 126 million passengers between 2000 and 2008, and will increase the size of the existing fleet.
The first ten units will be built at the Siemens plant in Vienna, Austria, while the remaining metro trains will be partly assembled by Newag in Nowy Sacz, Poland.
The train uses lightweight construction methods, modern propulsion technology with a decrease in the consumption of energy, and allows the formation of two to eight-car configurations with varying degrees of motorisation.
The Polish-German consortium will commence delivery of the trains in 2012.