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Alstom’s first metro trainset for Riyadh left Katowice Site


The first trainset for the Riyadh Metro has just left Alstom’s plant in Katowice for the capital of Saudi Arabia. As part of the contract awarded in 2013 by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) to the FAST consortium[1] for the design and construction of lines 4, 5 and 6 of the Riyadh Metro, Alstom’s plant in Katowice will manufacture 69 Metropolis trainsets. 

Every step of the trains’ production, including final static and dynamic tests, is carried out in Katowice. Performing tests are aimed to confirm functional performance of the train. Afterhaving successfully completed all tests, the first Riyadh metro train has successfully passed the factory acceptance by the customer. 

Thanks to all Alstom employees involved in the Riyadh metro project, we have managed to achieve this great milestone. I am very proud to say, that today, Katowice Site has become a competence and manufacturing centre for metro trains for the entire Alstom Group. Today, we employ around 1000 people in Katowice”- said Radoslaw Banach, Alstom’s Katowice Site Managing Director. 

The Metropolis trains for the Riyadh Metro Project are composed of two cars per set and are each 36 meters long. Each train features three classes: first, family and single class. The trains are driverless and 100% motorized, allowing them to run on gradients of up to a 6% slope.

The trains will offer passengers a high level of comfort, ergonomic seating, LED lightning, air conditioning and advanced passenger information systems. 

In addition to the Metropolis trains, Alstom will provide a full integrated Metro system including Urbalis, its CBTC[2] signalling solution, as well as the power supply and Alstom’s energy recovery system Hesop. The metro system has been optimized to reduce energy consumption.

[1] The FAST consortium includes FCC (leader), Samsung, Alstom, Freyssinet Saudi Arabia, Strukton, Setec and Typsa. The overall contract value for the consortium is €5.8 billion. Alstom’s share in the contract amounts to more than €1.2 billion.

[2] Communication Based Train Control