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Alstom Delivers The First Metro Trainset To Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Alstom, as a part of FAST consortium1, handed over the first metro trainsets to Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) for Riyadh. The production of the metro trainsets is well on track, and Alstom is set to meet its deadline and will deliver all the metro trainsets by the end 2018.

Launched in 2013, ADA is a project aimed at building a 176km-long metro network that will include 6 lines and 85 stations. Alstom, as part of the FAST consortium2, is in charge of supplying a fully integrated metro system for lines 4, 5 and 6 (or Yellow, Green, and Purple lines). The metro system includes 69 Metropolis trainsets, as well as the Urbalis, Alstom CBTC3 signalling solution, the power supply and its energy recovery system Hesop.

The Riyadh metro trainset is composed of two cars each and is 36 meters long. The trainsets are able to accommodate up to 231 passengers. Each train features three classes: first, family, and single class; separated by a glass partition. The trains will offer passengers a high level of comfort, ergonomic seating, LED lighting and advanced passenger information systems. The interior and exterior aesthetical design has been developed as per ADA’s specific requirements. The exterior car body features painted stripes that indicate the colour of the line that the metro trainset will circulate on.

The metro trains are 100% motorised, allowing them to run on gradients of up to a 6% slope. The trains are designed to run on standard gauge track, at a top speed of 90km/h. The trains have been designed with the region's climate in mind. One such feature is a more powerful air conditioning system, capable of delivering sufficient cooling capacity even in extreme heat. In addition, the bogies, traction drive, brakes and doors have been fitted with special elements in order to prevent the ingress of sand.

"We are pleased to hand over the first Metropolis trainset to ADA on time. This landmark project will allow Riyadh residents and visitors to commute aboard a reliable, comfortable and environmentally friendly means of transport. Furthermore, Alstom is committed to be a close and long-time partner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to efficiently address its mobility needs and support in carrying out its upcoming transport projects,” declared Gian Luca Erbacci, senior vice president for Middle East and Africa at Alstom. The metro trainsets are produced in Alstom’s factory in Katowice, Poland.

Metropolis is part of Alstom’s metro range. More than 5,000 Metropolis cars have been sold worldwide to cities like Panama, Singapore, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, or Amsterdam.


1.    The FAST consortium includes FCC (leader), Samsung, Alstom, Strukton and Freyssinet Saudi Arabia. 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.    One of the three consortia selected to build the network

3.    Communication-Based Train Control

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