Alstom, in partnership with CIM, Sofratesa, Thales and TSO, is to supply the trains and operating systems for Line 2 of Panama's expanding metro network. The contract, which was awarded by Consórcio Línea 2 - the consortium building the 21-kilometre line, includes 21 Metropolis trains, a CBTC signalling solutions and traction substations. Alstom will build the new trainsets in its Santa Perpetua factory in Spain and ship them to Panama, as it did for line 1. Michel Boccaccio, senior vice president of Alstom Transport in Latin America, said: "After line 1 which experiences a great success since it has entered into operation, we are proud to be awarded line 2 of Panama metro. "With an extended metro network, better connectivity and greater transport capacity, I am confident that more people will be commuting daily onboard a system that is reliable, smooth, and environmental-friendly." Line 2 is due to go into commercial service in 2019.
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.