Alstom has been awarded a €150 million contract to supply the trains and signalling system for a new metro network in Lucknow, India. The contract includes 20 four-car Metropolis trainsets and Alstom's Urbalis Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling technology. Alstom will manufacture the new trains in Sri City and transported north to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. The signalling system will be jointly developed between Alstom sites in India and France. Dominique Pouliquen, senior vice-president Alstom Transport Asia-Pacific, said: "This is an important project for Lucknow’s inhabitants and its visitors as they will soon be able to commute from the north to the south of the city onboard a metro that is safe, fast, reliable and environmentally friendly." Lucknow's metro system will be around 23 kilometres in length and consist of a combination of elevated and underground sections.
The facility will become TMH's only production site in Africa. It will be used to assemble, maintain and refurbish diesel and electric locomotives as well as coaches for South Africa and the rest of the continent.