The last of the 22 trains being built by Alstom for the first stage of the Sydney Metro project is on its way to Australia.
Alstom’s Sricity facility in Andhra Pradesh, in India’s southeast, manufactured the 22 vehicles, which will be Australia’s first fully automated passenger trains when they enter into service next year.
With the Sydney Metro Northwest fleet now built, Alstom said the Sricity site, which opened in 2014, will turn its attentions on a second export order for the light metro project in Montreal, while production for Mumbai’s Metro Line 3 will begin next year. The facility can produce trains at a rate of 240 cars per annum.
“We are immensely proud to have completed the last train for Sydney Metro in this landmark project for the Asia Pacific region,” Alstom’s senior vice president for Asia Pacific, Ling Fang said.
“We are also proud to see Sricity concluding its first export order on time, delivering on expectations and winning our customer’s trust. We firmly believe in India’s role as a manufacturing and engineering hub for international markets, and this milestone bears witness to that.”
Along with building the trains, Alstom is contracted to deliver the CBTC signalling system for Sydney Metro Northwest.
The Sydney Metro Northwest fleet is based on Alstom’s Metropolis platform.
Once the line opens next year, the trains will connect passengers from Sydney’s growing northwest to Chatswood, where they will connect with Sydney Trains services and buses to the city and elsewhere.