The recently launched North West Line by Sydney Metro – the first completely automated rail service in Australia – has been made in India. The metro trains that are considered as the new generation of metro trains have been created by Alstom.
The said metro trains were designed in France and assembled at Sricity India. The completely automated driverless metro has been created using contributions from Alstom’s operations in Brazil, China, Australia, and Belgium. Alstom has provided twenty-two six-car Metropolis trains from its Sricity facility that is located in Andhra Pradesh India.
The Metro-North West Line is the phase one of Sydney Metro featuring a total track of 36 kilometers, thirteen stations, and a depot. The goal of this network is to offer the highest order of service, something that has never been observed in Australia before; a train every four minutes during the peak hours in both directions.
The completely automated and driverless Sydney Metro trains come with different modern features ranging from 3 double-doors in each car thus providing for enhanced access and improved flow of passengers, large windows, LED lighting, emergency intercoms, CCTV cameras, and way-finding aids.
Ling Fang, Senior Vice-President for Alstom in Asia-Pacific, said, ‘Alstom is very proud to have partnered with the NRT consortium and Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) to deliver our world-leading metro solutions for Sydney’s North West Metro. Sydney has now joined other great cities of the world (incl. Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Singapore) that benefit every day from Alstom’s metro solutions. The fully automated driverless metro is a first for Australia and will provide a step-change for the commuters of Sydney.’
The Metro line is as of now undergoing extension from Chatswood to Bankstown via the City. However, by 2024, Sydney will have a total of thirty-one metro stations and 66 kilometers long standalone metro railways in addition to the suburban rail network.
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