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Alstom to supply driverless trains and digital signalling system to Sydney Metro extension

The trains will be manufactured in Sri City

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Alstom, Northwest Rapid Transit, Sydney Metro, Automated Metropolis trains, Urbalis 400, Sri City, Ling Fang, Metro Trains Sydney

Alstom has signed a contract Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) to supply the rolling stock and signalling system for the next stage of Sydney Metro, Sydney Metro - City and Southwest. The project is an extension of the Metro North West Line which successfully opened to customers in May 2019.

The Government of New South Wales reached agreement with Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) consortium to extend the Sydney Metro trains, systems, operations and maintenance public-private partnership (PPP) contract.

Under the contract, valued at approx. €350 million, Alstom will be responsible for the project management, design, supply, manufacturing, testing and commissioning of 23 six-car fully-automated Metropolis trains and the Urbalis 400 Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system. The trains will be manufactured in Alstom’s manufacturing centre in Sri City, India which successfully delivered 22 Metropolis trains for the Metro North West Line.  The contract also includes an option to purchase further trains if required.

“Sydney Metro has been a game changer for the travelling public of Sydney and Alstom is delighted to continue to be a part of this iconic project. It strengthens Alstom’s position as the market leader for the supply of railway technologies in Australia,” said Ling Fang, Senior Vice President of Alstom Asia-Pacific

As an extension of the existing Metro North West Line, the new Trains Systems Operations and Maintenance (TSOM) PPP will provide a fully integrated turn-up and go service along a dedicated 66-kilometre metro network with a total of 31 stations from Rouse Hill through the City and to Bankstown. Sydney Metro Northwest operator, Metro Trains Sydney, will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the entire line.

The City and Southwest extension includes a 15km greenfield line with 10 new stations plus the conversion of the existing suburban rail line to metro rail standards, covering a further 13km of track and 11 existing stations. The project also includes expansion of current Sydney Metro Trains Facility at Rouse Hill and new trains facility at Sydenham. Construction of the new line is currently underway with revenue service expected to start in 2024.

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