A delegation from Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has inspected a mock-up of the new trains for the extension of Dubai’s metro in the United Arab Emirates.
A consortium including Alstom, infrastructure developer Acciona and construction firm Gulermak signed a €2.6 billion contract with RTA for the extension in 2016, which also covers the upgrading of the current line and 50 Alstom Metropolis trainsets.
Alstom’s share represents half and covers the provision and integration of: the trainsets, power supply, communication systems, automatic fare control, track works, platform screen doors and a three-year warranty on the whole system. Alstom will also upgrade the existing line’s power supply and signalling systems.
Acciona and Gulermark make up 25 per cent each for the civil engineering works.
The extension, which is also known as the Route 2020 project, involves the construction of a 15km line branching off the existing Red line at the Nakheel Harbour and Tower station.
The Metropolis trainsets for Dubai are 88 meters long and composed of five cars per trainset. They will be able to carry up to 700 passengers each.
The extended line is expected to start commercial service in 2020 for the World Expo.