Alstom and Safra have delivered the last refurbished train
for VAL, the Lille automatic metro
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Alstom, responsible for project management and coordination,
refurbished 38 trains of the 76 cars of the metro system. It
handled the modernization of bogie rolling systems and doorway
mechanisms, the overhaul of the traction engines and
certification of the trains at Transpole. Safra worked on the
interior of the trains (fittings, carpeting, seating and
panelling) as well as some external equipment (high and low
voltage cabling, doors and painting of the bodies).
Each trainset can carry 200 passengers (50 seated and 150
standing) travelling at a maximum speed of 80 km/h. Over 90
million passengers use VAL every year, representing nearly two
thirds of passenger traffic.
About Alstom Transport
With sustainable transport in mind, Alstom Transport
develops and offers the most complete range of systems,
equipment and services on the rail market. Alstom Transport can
manage an entire transport system, from rolling stock to
signalling and infrastructure, and offers turnkey solutions. In
2007-2008, Alstom Transport's turnover was 5.5 billion
and its orders increased by 39% compared with the previous
About Alstom Transports Petite-Forêt
Alstom Transport has long been involved in the development of
the Valenciennes area. Initially located at Marly then in a
400,000 m2 unit in Petite-Forêt, the Valenciennes site
employs 1,350 people (27% production workers, 35% technicians
and 38% engineers and managers). The Alstom Transport
Valenciennes site specializes in the design, development,
manufacture and certification of railway equipment including
tramways, metros, tram trains and regional and suburban
double-decker solutions. Between 40 and 50 cars are produced at
the Valenciennes site every month.
All invitations for tender and all contracts for urban stock
are managed by experts from Valenciennes, whether the client is
a French or an international company. It also has a spare parts
and repairs centre which is responsible for coordinating the
production and supply of spare parts for the maintenance of
trains and tramways operating in France.
Laurent Gerbet : +33 (0)1 57 06 92 83