TEST RUN OF FIRST ROUTE 2020 TRAIN BE­GINS IN DUBAI

Al­stom has de­liv­ered the first of the new 50 Dubai Metro trains to the Dubai Metro de­pot in Rashidiya for static and dy­namic test­ing

PMV Middle East - - RAIL TRANSPORT -

The first of the new 50 Dubai metro trains has been de­liv­ered to the Roads and Trans­port Au­thor­ity of Dubai (RTA) by Al­stom. The train, pro­duced at Al­stom’s site in Ka­tow­ice in Poland, was shipped from Bre­mer­haven Port in Ger­many to Dubai and trans­ported to the Dubai Metro de­pot in Rashidiya. Over the next few months, Al­stom will con­duct ini­tial static and dy­namic tests in the de­pot. The man­u­fac­turer will con­tinue sup­ply­ing the re­main­ing trains in batches, and the last one is ex­pected to ar­rive by the end of Oc­to­ber 2019.

Mat­tar Al Tayer, di­rec­tor gen­eral and chair­man of the board of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors of Roads and Trans­port Au­thor­ity (RTA), said: “The RTA will carry the test-run of the first train des­tined for Route 2020 on the Red Line of the Dubai Metro. It will start with the static tests of all op­er­at­ing sys­tems of the train. In the fol­low­ing stage, RTA will be­gin dy­namic tests which in­volve test­ing the per­for­mance of the sys­tems while in mo­tion, such as mo­tors, brakes and con­trol sys­tems.”

The Al­stom-led Ex­polink con­sor­tium which in­cludes Ac­ciona and Guler­mak signed a con­tract with RTA in 2016 to de­sign and build the ex­ten­sion of Dubai’s Red metro line and up­grade the ex­ist­ing line. The project, also known as Route 2020, is worth $2.9 bil­lion, and is ex­pected to start com­mer­cial ser­vice in 2020, in time for the World Expo.

Al­stom’s scope cov­ers the pro­vi­sion of the en­tire metro sys­tem, in­clud­ing 50 trains, power sup­ply, driver­less sig­nalling, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and se­cu­rity, au­to­matic fare con­trol, track works, plat­form screen doors and a three-year war­ranty on the whole sys­tem. Ad­di­tion­ally, Al­stom will en­hance the ex­ist­ing metro line by up­grad­ing power sup­ply, sig­nalling sys­tems, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and track works.

The new trains for Dubai are 85.5m long and com­prise five cars each. They will be able to carry up to 700 pas­sen­gers (4 pas­sen­gers per sqm²) each. Sev­eral im­prove­ments were in­tro­duced to the in­te­rior de­sign of the new metro car­riages to make more room for riders and in­crease the in­take of car­riages. Pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence has been en­hanced with wide gang­ways, large doors and win­dows, and des­ig­nated ar­eas for women and chil­dren, sil­ver and gold classes. The train is equipped with a full elec­tri­cal brak­ing sys­tem, LED light­ing and other eco-friendly sys­tems to re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion.

“Ad­di­tional en­hance­ments in­clude re­vamp­ing the de­signs of han­dles & light­ing, us­ing cut­ting-edge dig­i­tal sig­nage (VBSD), and an il­lu­mi­nated dy­namic map for the metro route & sta­tions. They also in­clude us­ing LED power-sav­ing light­ing sys­tem and mod­i­fy­ing the de­sign of the lug­gage com­part­ment to make it us­able for stand­ing com­muters. Im­prove­ments also in­clude the distri­bu­tion of seats on both sides of the train and widen­ing the gang­way be­tween car­riages. The new car­riages are cus­tomised to serve peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion and the smooth board­ing and alight­ing of riders as well. The ex­te­rior de­sign of trains will re­main un­changed to main­tain the de­sign iden­tity of Dubai metro and its fa­mil­iar colours to the pub­lic,” said Al Tayer.

Di­dier Pfleger, se­nior vice pres­i­dent for Mid­dle East & Africa, Al­stom, said: “This is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in a pres­ti­gious project that will pro­vide Dubai res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to with a re­li­able, com­fort­able and en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly metro sys­tem ahead of the World Expo.”

Al­stom has sold more than 5,500 me­trop­o­lis cars to 25 cities, in­clud­ing Riyadh, Panama, Sin­ga­pore, Syd­ney, Sao Paulo, Shang­hai, Barcelona, Am­s­ter­dam, and Chen­nai. In the first half of fis­cal year 2018/19, Al­stom’s to­tal sales reached $4.5 bil­lion, up 20%. Sig­nalling, sys­tems and ser­vices rep­re­sented 57% of sales in the first half of 2018/19. Sys­tems sales reached over $1 bil­lion with a strong ram­pup on Dubai metro and Lu­sail tram sys­tems projects and progress on Riyadh metro sys­tem. Ser­vices sales in­creased to $855 mil­lion no­tably due to the in­creas­ing con­tri­bu­tion of con­tracts in the UK and Italy. Sig­nalling sales in­creased at $727 mil­lion with the start of new projects in France and in Aus­tralia. Rolling stock sales reached $1.9 bil­lion with de­liv­er­ies of re­gional and high-speed trains in Europe and the on­go­ing ex­e­cu­tion of the PRASA project in South Africa.

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