Alstom delivers the first Metropolis for the Budapest Metro in Hungary


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 managers.

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