Final trainsets for Saudi's $23bn Riyadh Metro shipped from France
Alstom, part of the Fast Consortium, has completed the delivery of 69 trainsets under a contract won by the group in 2013
French manufacturer Alstom has shipped the last of 69 trainsets that will be used for Saudi Arabia's $23bn (SAR86.3bn) Riyadh Metro from its plant in Katowice, Poland.
Alstom was awarded a contract in 2013 by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) as part of the FCC-led Fast Consortium, made up of Samsung, Alstom, Freyssinet Saudi Arabia, Strukton, Setec, and Typsa. As part of the deal for the design and construction of Lines 4, 5, and 6 of Riyadh Metro, Alstom manufactured 69 Metropolis trainsets that will run on the new routes.
The firm will also provide a full integrated metro system for the above lines, including the Metropolis trainsets, its signalling system Urbalis, and its power supply and energy recovery system, Hesop.
Alstom said the Saudi capital’s metro system has been “optimised to reduce energy consumption”, adding: “Since the delivery of the first train in January 2017, every step of the trains’ production, including final static and dynamic tests, was carried out at the Katowice site. After having successfully completed all tests, the last Riyadh Metro train passed factory acceptance by the customer.”
The Metropolis trains for Riyadh are composed of two cars, each 36m long. Individually, each car features spaces for the first, family, and single class seats. The trains are driverless and fully motorised, which allows them to run on gradients of up to a 6% slope.
Radoslaw Banach, Alstom’s Katowice site managing director, described the news as a “great milestone”.
He added: “I am very proud to say that Alstom’s site in Katowice has become a worldwide centre of excellence for metro trains. Today, we employ over 2,300 people in Katowice and are manufacturing some of Alstom's most innovative projects.”
The delivery comes nearly three months after Alstom delivered the first of 50 new metro trains for Route 2020, the extension of Dubai Metro’s Red Line.