Alstom unveils the Amsterdam metro
Leon Linders, President of Alstom Netherlands, unveiled the first trainset of the Amsterdam metro at Alstom’s site in Valenciennes (Nord), where it was designed and manufactured. Representatives of the city of Amsterdam and the Dutch operator GVB* were on hand for the event.
The trainset is currently undergoing trials at Alstom’s Valenciennes site and at the Valenciennes Rail Testing Centre. It will be delivered next February and is due to enter commercial service in autumn 2012. All the trainsets will operate on the metro lines in Amsterdam.
In February 2010, the city of Amsterdam (Netherlands) placed a €200 million order with Alstom Transport for 23 metro trainsets. The contract includes an option for additional metro trainsets for the future North/South line that is currently under construction.
The Amsterdam metro will consist of trainsets from Alstom’s Métropolis range. Its large doors, visual management of their opening/closing thanks to LED lights, height ceiling superior to the standard (2,30 m vs 2,10 m), platform-height floor, wide seats and gangways will make access and moving around on board much easier. Enhanced interior design providing more natural light, 100% lighting in LED technology and dynamic travel information displays will improve passengers’ safety and comfort. The extended length of the new trainsets (116 m) means capacity will be increased by approximately 50%.
Alstom relied on its expertise in metros to execute this contract. Besides Valenciennes, Alstom sites of Le Creusot, Villeurbanne (France), Charleroi (Belgium), Sesto (Italy), Katowice (Poland) and Montreal (Canada) also contribute to the project execution.
One out of every four metros currently in service worldwide was supplied by Alstom. Over 4,000 cars from the Métropolis range run on the metro networks in Barcelona, Budapest, Istanbul, Warsaw, Singapore, Shanghai, Nanjing, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Santo Domingo.
About Alstom Transport
A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and offers the most comprehensive range of systems, equipment and services in the rail sector. Alstom Transport manages all aspects of transport systems, including rolling stock, signalling and infrastructure, as well as offering turnkey solutions. In 2010-2011, Alstom Transport posted sales of €5.6 billion. Alstom Transport has a presence in more than 60 countries with 25,500 employees.
About Alstom Transport in France
With operations at nine sites throughout France, Alstom Transport is the leading manufacturing company in the French rail sector and contributes to the dynamism of local economies. Alstom’s 8,800 employees in France deploy their know-how in the service of customers both in France and abroad, and one job at Alstom creates about three jobs for its suppliers.
* GVB: Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf