Amsterdam Orders 23 Alstom Metropolis Trainsets

21 February 2010 (Last Updated February 21st, 2010 18:30)

The Dutch city of Amsterdam has awarded a €200m ($270m) contract to French firm Alstom for the supply of 23 Metropolis trainsets. Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf, the city's transport operator, plans to upgrade the metro network, which includes building a new North / South line, rebuilding

The Dutch city of Amsterdam has awarded a €200m ($270m) contract to French firm Alstom for the supply of 23 Metropolis trainsets.

Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf, the city's transport operator, plans to upgrade the metro network, which includes building a new North / South line, rebuilding of the Amstelveen line and renovating the East line.

The low-floor, six-coach, 116m-long trainsets can operate at 80km an hour, accommodate 960 passengers and will increase the total transportation capacity by nearly 50%.

Other features include automatic transportation without a driver, travel information, communication connections, camera surveillance and noise-reducing equipment.

The Metropolis trainset delivery is scheduled to begin in spring 2012, with trains to enter service by the end of 2012.