Alstom secures first Metro rolling stock contract in India

Chennai Metro Rail Limited has ordered 42 trains for the new network from Alstom Transport.

The contract, valued at 200 million pounds, covers the supply of 168 metro cars with an option for 16 more.

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It has a population of more than 8 million people.

The city's metro project was initiated in 2007. Phase 1 consists of two interconnected lines, linking North Chennai to the Airport in the South and Chennai Central to St.Thomas Mount. It will extend over 45 km (24km underground and 21km elevated) with 32 stations, 19 equipped with full-size platform screen doors. These lines have been planned with a capacity to carry more than 500,000 people daily and with trains running at intervals as short as 3 minutes, and at speeds up to 80km/h. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by 2014-2015.

Alstom will supply Chennai metro’s public operator with 42 train-sets composed of four cars each, with the first deliveries planned for the end of 2012.

The stainless steel trains will be air-conditioned and have electrically operated automatic sliding doors. They will be equipped with Automatic Train Protection (ATP) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) features, and will have a regenerative braking system.

Power will be supplied at 25kV AC through an overhead catenary system.

By the end of 2012, train passenger numbers in India are expected to increase to 8.4 billion annually. Indian Railways’ current five-year plan foresees investments of approximately €39 billion until 2012. Today, forty-five Indian cities are above 1 million inhabitants and more than 10 urban projects are in progress or planned in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi and Kolkata.

Alstom has previously provided train control and signalling systems for the Delhi metro and is installing them in the metro of Bangalore, but this is the company's first order for metro rolling stock in India.

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