France-headquartered global transport systems company Alstom has presented mock-up designs of trains for Dubai's Route 2020 project to the emirate's Road and Transport Authority (RTA), the company said in a statement on Monday.
Last year, Thomson Reuters Projects reported that the Expolink Consortium led by Alstom, Spain's Acciona, and Turkey's Gulermack was awarded the 10.6 billion UAE dirham ($2.89 billion) design-build contract for the RTA's Route 2020 rail project.
Route 2020 will extend the Red Line of Dubai Metro from Nakheel Harbour and Tower station to the Expo 2020 site, located near the Al Maktoum International Airport.
The Metropolis train concept was displayed to RTA director general Mattar Al Tayer in Coignères in Paris. Al Tayer inspected the aesthetic design and the interiors of the train and validated all comfort aspects, the statement said.
The mock-ups are the result of joint development between RTA architectural experts and Alstom.
Alstom - as a part of the Expolink consortium - will provide and integrate the whole metro system including 50 Metropolis trainsets, power supply, communication, automatic fare control, track works, platform screen doors and a three-year warranty on the whole system.
The company will also enhance the existing metro line by upgrading power supply, signaling systems, miscellaneous communication and track works.
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 eco-friendly train is equipped with a full electrical braking system, LED lighting and other innovations to reduce energy consumption.
The 15-km Route 2020, with a 11.8-km viaduct and a 3.2-km underground track, will have seven stations including a transfer station with the Red Line, the Expo Station, three elevated stations, and two underground stations.
It will serve districts including the Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate and the Dubai Investment Park.
The extended line, which will connect Dubai city to the Expo 2020 site, is expected to start commercial service in 2020 for the World Expo.
(Writing by Megha Merani)
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