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These metro trainsets were ordered from Alstom Transport and
its partners in the “Budapest Metropolis
Consortium” under a contract signed in May 2006. The
order, which totals €247 million, relates to the supply
of 170 Metropolis metro cars to replace the old M2 line fleet
and also for the new M4 line, which is still under
construction. Alstom will supply a total of 22 trainsets of
five cars - ie 110 cars - for the M2 line and 22 trainsets of
four cars- ie 60 cars – for M4 line. The cars will be
manufactured in the Alstom’s site of Katowice (Poland).
The 22 new Metropolis cars for M2 line have a 1023 passenger
capacity and four doors per car to facilitate passenger flows
during peak schedules. Wide intercarriage access also enhances
movement within the trains. The cars have been designed to
enable optimal quality of life on board and to provide maximum
passenger comfort. Everything has been done to make the journey
more enjoyable and comfortable: ergonomic seats, warm
materials, air conditioning, new colours and lighting etc.
Passengers will also benefit from an information system that is
at the leading edge of technology.
The main advantages of this Metropolis rolling stock come from
its modular construction (2 to 9 car configuration), its
ability to run in automatic mode, its reliability (more than
3000 Metropolis cars sold throughout the world) and its
compatibility with Hungarian operating conditions.
The design of the Budapest metros was chosen by Budapest
city’s inhabitants who voted to select which of the three
front panels proposed by Alstom Transport. The design of
Budapest metros is inspired by the Millennium underground, the
very first electric underground on the European continent
inaugurated in 1896. It is characterized by a very graphic
white and black livery as well as a pure front head.
About Alstom Transport
A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops
and markets the most complete range of systems, equipment and
services in the railway sector. Alstom Transport manages entire
transport systems, taking in rolling stock, signalling and
infrastructure, and offers “turnkey” solutions.
Alstom Transport recorded sales of 5.5 billion euros in the
fiscal year 2007-2008 and an increase in orders of 39% compared
to the previous year. Alstom Transport is present in over 60
countries and employs some 26,000 people. The company recruited
4,000 people worldwide in 2007, including 1.500 engineers and
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