French rail manufacturer Alstom has received a contract worth more than €2bn from Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) to deliver metros trains for Lines 1, 4, 6, 11 and 14 of the Paris metro and the Grand Paris.
This new development is also supported by Syndicat des Transports d’Île-de-France (STIF) and Société du Grand Paris (SGP).
Under this contract, Alstom will provide a maximum of 217 MP14 trains over a period of 15 years.
Initially, an order worth around €500m will see the supply of 35 eight-car metros for Line 14, while the second order is expected to result in the delivery of 37 trains for extensions to this line.
Alstom Transport president Henri Poupart-Lafarge said: "This contract award is fresh proof of the confidence placed in Alstom.
"It has mobilised the entire French rail industry around a product that is innovative, efficient and competitive. Passengers will appreciate its comfort and reliability."
Alstom’s latest-generation, rubber-tyred metro MP14 offers enhanced passenger experience, combines performance, low energy consumption and ease of maintenance for better cost reduction.
Other features of this metro include ergonomic seating, LED lighting, fluid exchanges, on-board information, video-protection, as well as the inductive loops for the hard of hearing.
In addition, the 100% electric braking system of the vehicle helps to recover energy and convert it as electricity. It also minimises air pollution and the metro’s energy consumption up to 20%, Alstom stated.
Most of the company’s facilities in France will be involved in this project and it is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs.