Alstom delivered the first next-generation train destined for automatic circulation on line B of France’s Lyon metro network. It arrived at the La Poudrette depot in April, 30 months after the project was launched, as planned. Having undergone more than five months of tests at Valenciennes where it covered approximately 3,100 miles, this first train will start dynamic night-time tests on the Lyon network at the end of May.
In total, Alstom will supply 30 trains and the system of automatic train operation, designed to increase the transport capacity of line B of the Lyon metro.
Each train is 118 feet long and can carry more than 300 passengers, offering a renewed travelling experience: large bay windows, LED lighting, comfortable velvet seats, passenger information screens, and air conditioning. The accessibility and fluidity of the trains have been reinforced: wide aisles and doors, a fully low floor, and open interior circulation allowing passengers to pass from one carriage to another during the journey.
Based on Alstom's rubber-tired metro solutions and constantly improved by feedback from its customers, the new trains benefit from the latest technological advances to increase availability, operational flexibility, and ease of maintenance. They are equipped with Alstom's Urbalis 400 solution, already deployed on metro lines worldwide to enable automatic operation, without drivers.
Respectful of the environment, the new trains of the Lyon metro are eco-designed and 96% recyclable. They are equipped with a fully electric braking system, LED lighting, and other innovations to reduce energy consumption by 25% compared to the trains currently in service.