Train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation has unveiled the new Innovia Metro 300 design for the Riyadh Metro Orange line in Saudi Arabia.
As part of Ansaldo STS-led consortium Arriyadh New Mobility Group, Bombardier will deliver 47 two-car Innovia Metros for the project.
Earlier this year, the consortium received a $5.2bn contract to build trains and deliver equipment for the Orange line.
Bombardier Transportation Systems EMEA vice-president Philippe Casgrain said: "When public transit is attractive and reliable, then all socio-economic groups can be encouraged to move from road to rail.
"The appealing design of the driverless Innovia Metro 300 vehicles for Riyadh Metro is complemented by proven Bombardier technologies to provide fast, safe and comfortable travel for Riyadh’s citizens for many years to come."
Equipped with Mitrac rotary motor propulsion, the new train is expected to offer short travel times, high acceleration performance and train braking energy recovery.
The lightweight Flexx Eco bogies of the vehicle consume less energy and offer low lifecycle costs. It will be built using recyclable aluminium with a steel under-frame and composite end cap.
Additional features of the train include three classes of accommodation, bi-parting doors, and spacious entrance areas, comfortable seating, large front windshields and side windows, passenger information systems and advanced security features, including onboard cameras and two-way communication systems.
The Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) is responsible for the Riyadh Metro project, a $22.5bn project that includes six new railway lines with a total route length of 176km.
Partners of the Arriyadh New Mobility include Salini-Impregilo, Larsen & Toubro and Nesma.
Image: The new trains are custom-designed to reflect Saudi Arabia’s culture and designed in compliance with ADA’s technical requirements. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.