PORTUGAL: Metro do Porto has officially unveiled the first of 18 Class CT light rail vehicles ordered from CRRC Tangshan, ahead of the planned entry into service in May.

CRRC Tangshan beat Siemens Mobility and Škoda Transportation to win the €49·6m order financed by the Ministry of Environment & Climate Action’s Environment Fund. This was signed in January 2020.

The manufacturer delivered the first Class CT car for testing in December, and it was displayed to the public at Trindade station on February 11-14. The remaining 17 vehicles are to be delivered this year, and will take the total Metro do Porto fleet to 72 Bombardier Eurotrams, 30 Bombardier tram-trains and 18 CRRC Tangshan cars.

The operator said the 80 km/h bidirectional Class CT LRV has a modern design, with a grey and yellow livery symbolising dynamism and the front lights representing a friendly smile.

It is 35 m long and weighs 52 tonnes, with large windows and seven double doors on each side with step-free access.

The interiors are designed for easy passenger flow, with 64 seats and a total capacity of 244 passengers. Features include air-conditioning, CCTV, passenger information systems, space for bicycles and suitcases and an automatic train protection system.