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Barcelona metro places $296.5 million order with ALSTOM-led consortium


Barcelona's Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM) recently placed a $296.5 million order with an ALSTOM-led consortium for the supply of 250 new metro cars, which will operate on the Spanish city’s planned fully automatic Line 9.

ALSTOM will design, build, test and service the driverless Metropolis trains; Ansaldobreda will supply bogies and auxiliary converters. ALSTOM’s share in the order is 86 percent, according to a prepared statement.

ALSTOM plans to design, manufacture and test the 50 five-car trainsets at its Barcelona facilities. The company will develop the traction system at its Preston, U.K., facilities, and the electronic devices and traction motors in Villeurbanne and Tarbes, France. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in October 2004, and conclude by April 2007.

When complete, the 25.6-mile, 43-station ATM line will be Barcelona’s longest metro line, carrying an expected 90 million travelers per year.

The Barcelona pact marks ALSTOM’s fourth automatic metro order, following its recent contract for a driverless metro in Lausanne, Switzerland. The company also is supplying trains for two automatic metro lines in Singapore, including the Circle Line.