Alstom awarded $170m Indian train contract

Alstom has been awarded a contract worth $170m by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC).

Alstom will provide metro trainsets and a signalling solution for the new metro network of Lucknow, the capital city of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Alstom will supply 20 Metropolis trainsets, each composed of four metro cars. Each car will be fitted with air conditioning and a passenger information system.

Alstom will also provide Urbalis, its Communication Based Train Control system.

Dominique Pouliquen, Senior Vice President Alstom Transport Asia-Pacific, said: "This is an important project for Lucknow’s inhabitants and its visitors as they will soon be able to commute from the north to the south of the city onboard a metro that is safe, fast, reliable and environmentally friendly."

The new metro line will be around 23km long and include 22 stations of which 19 are elevated and 3 underground.

The project will be carried out in two phases, starting with an 8.4-km long corridor.

The line is expected to carry about 430,000 passengers per day in the first year, increasing to over 1 million by 2030.

The metro cars will be produced in Alstom’s Sri City train manufacturing facility in India. The signalling system will be jointly supplied by Alstom’s sites in Bangalore, India and Saint-Ouen, France.

A consortium led by Alstom was recently awarded a contract to supply trainsets and related systems for Line 2 of Panama’s new metro.

Google has recently announced plans to install free wi-fi in 400 Indian train stations.

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