Barcelona’s Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM) has awarded an Alstom-led consortium an order worth 290 million Euros for the supply of 250 new metro cars, which will operate on the future, fully automatic Line 9 of the city’s metro.
The line, 41.3 kilometres long with 43 stations, will be the longest metro line in Barcelona, linking municipalities in the north with those in the south and the airport.
Alstom will design, build, test and service the driverless MetropolisTM trains; the company’s share in the order is 86 percent. Ansaldobreda will supply the bogies and auxiliary converters.
Alstom will supply a total of 50 trainsets, comprising 5 cars each. First deliveries are scheduled for October 2004 and should be completed by April 2007. The metro is expected to carry 90 million travellers per year.
The design, manufacture and tests will be carried out in Alstom’s Barcelona facilities, with the traction system coming from Alstom facilities in Preston, UK, and electronic devices and traction motors from Villeurbanne and Tarbes in France.