The new trains will operate on Line D of the Lyon metro.

FRANCE: Lyon transport authority Sytral has awarded Alstom a €140m contract to supply 30 trainsets for the Lyon metro. The order announced on October 26 includes options for up to 18 more trains.

The rolling stock has been ordered as part of Sytral’s Future Metro 2020 programme, which aims to increase the capacity of metro lines A, B and D. The first four trainsets are expected to enter service in 2019 on Line B. Each rubber-tyred trainset would be 36 m long with capacity for 325 passengers at 4/m2.

Service braking will be entirely electrical, rather than a blend of electrical and mechanical. Alstom expects this to substantially reduce costs by increasing the amount of regenerated power while also reducing maintenance requirements.

Alstom’s sites in Valenciennes, Saint-Ouen, Ornans, Le Creusot, Tarbes and Villeurbanne will all be involved in the supply of the trains, with Lyon-based designer Fabrice Pouille of 10-6 DeSign responsible for the styling.