Siemens’s new Inspiro metro trains have been certified to operate on the Warsaw Metro system in Poland.
In February 2011, Warsaw’s metro operator Metro Warszawskie ordered 35 six-car metro trains worth €272m from a consortium comprising Siemens and Newag, the Polish rolling stock manufacturer.
The contract marked the biggest order for Siemens in Poland, and also the first order placed for complete Inspiro trains, the new metro generation from the company.
Siemens urban transport business unit CEO Sandra Gott-Karlbauer said that Warsaw will be the first city in the world to use the company’s Inspiro brand.
"Certification now marks another important milestone on the road to reaching that goal," Gott-Karlbauer said.
The new trains will use lightweight construction methods and advanced propulsion technology to decrease energy consumption.
The new metro trains feature flexible seating arrangements, the optional use of driver assistance systems, as well as the possibility of driverless operation, and can run at a speed of more than 90kmph.
With a population of 1.7 million, Warsaw is one of the fastest growing cities in Eastern Europe.
The city currently has a 23km-long metro line with 21 stations, with the new Line 2 now under construction. The new Inspiro trains will operate on both lines, and will cater to Warsaw Metro’s increasing number of passengers.
Image: The new Inspiro trains will use lightweight construction methods and advanced propulsion technology to decrease energy consumption. Photo: courtesy Siemens AG.