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ALSTOM completes the delivery of 18 trains to Warsaw metro


This contract is part of an extension programme carried out by the City of Warsaw to meet the growing demand for public transport in the Polish capital. Following an international tender in 1998, Warsaw Metro chose ALSTOM for the delivery of the new rolling stock for the extended line. This contract was worth € 105 million.

The new METROPOLIS trains serve a line with 16 stations crossing the centre of the Warsaw. The line carries a quarter of million people daily with trains running at a frequency of 4 minutes. Tomasz Gruca, a student from Warsaw University said : “ I like the ALSTOM trains. They are nice, silent and comfortable. I use the metro every day to go to university and sometimes on my way home, when I am not in a hurry, I wait a bit longer to take one of the new trains rather than an old one.”

The supply of this advanced rolling stock is particularly significant in that it is the first time that new high technology rolling-stock was successfully introduced into an infrastructure system designed for a Russian-type metro. Terence Watson, ALSTOM Senior Vice President for Northern Europe said : “ These trains are among the very best in Europe and part of ALSTOM’s standard METROPOLIS range. They are already in service in China and Latin America and are perfectly adapted to other countries, both in the east and west.”

The first trainsets were designed in Valenciennes, France, produced in Spain by ALSTOM, then followed by a successful technology transfer to ALSTOM’s factory in Chorzow, Poland. The Polish content reached 60% of the total contract value. Terence Watson said : “ In 2000, I attended an inauguration ceremony organized by the City of Warsaw on the occasion of the delivery of the imported train-sets, which represented the first part of the delivery. During this ceremony, I committed to the mayor of Warsaw and our customer that the whole project including the localization part would be carried out successfully. Today, I am particularly proud to say that we reached our ambitious goal. We succeeded in transferring the technology to our Polish site in Chorzow and delivered the requested product according to schedule. Furthermore, we managed to transform our Polish factory into a modern and strategic production site which, today, forms part of our integrated supply chain.”

With more than 35 product lines and a presence in more than 60 countries, ALSTOM's Transport sector offers complete products and services for new rolling stock, signaling, and electrical and mechanical infrastructure as well as maintenance and rehabilitation services to four distinct types of customers: urban transit authorities and operators; intercity passenger rail operators and rolling stock owners; rail freight operators; and intercity railway infrastructure owners. ALSTOM's Transport sector, with sales of 5.1 billion euros in financial year 2004-2005, is among the world's leading suppliers to the railway industry.

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