Alstom will supply three extra metro train sets to Transports Publics de la Région Lausannoise SA (tl) for line m2 of the automatic, rubber-tyred metro of Lausanne in Switzerland. The train sets, consisting of two cars each, will be identical to the first 15 train sets delivered in October 2008 (1) .
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Line m2 of the tl network is a true commercial success with constantly increasing numbers of passengers, which is leading tl to increase its fleet, according to the company. Twenty-eight million passengers took this metro in 2014.
Delivery of the three new train sets is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017 with entry into service planned for the last quarter of the same year. As well as being an automatic, ultra-modern metro, the m2 is also a feat of engineering, being the world’s only rubber-tired metro capable of operating on a slope with a gradient of 12%.
"Alstom is proud to pursue its collaboration with tl, one of the company’s historic clients in Switzerland. Because of its modernity and technology, the m2 metro of Lausanne represents a technological showcase for customers all over the world," says Herman Van der Linden, Managing Director of Alstom Transport in Switzerland.
Alstom’s Valenciennes site in France will be responsible for the manufacture of the three m2 metros, assisted by various Alstom entities in Europe including the Swiss site in Neuhausen.
Alstom’s metros are world-renowned, proven, reliable and secure, and operate in numerous big cities including Amsterdam, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Shanghai and Singapore. One out of every four metros currently in service throughout the world is supplied by Alstom.
(1) As well as delivering 15 metro train sets, Alstom carried out the track laying and supplied the signalling equipment and electrical substations.