ON JUNE 23 the Madrid regional government announced ’the largest rolling stock contract in the history of the metro’, which will see a total of 698 cars supplied at a cost of €1·04bn.

In addition to 52 wide-profile Series 9000 trainsets that AnsaldoBreda is supplying for €392m (RG 7.04 p393), a consortium of CAF, Bombardier and Siemens is supplying 90 narrow-profile Series 3000 trains worth €611·8m to operate on Lines 1, 2 and 3, plus 14 Series 8000 intermediate motor cars for €34m which will augment the existing three-car units used on Line 8.

Deliveries of the Series 3000 and 8000 cars are scheduled to take place between November 2005 and August 2007. The cars will be equipped with Mitrac traction equipment from Bombardier. ’Since the 1960s we have supplied over 1000 propulsion sets to Metro Madrid, and we will continue to work closely with our customer to ensure that we meet their expectations’, said Anders Lindberg, Acting President, Propulsion & Controls, at Bombardier Transportation.