Australia gets 1st driverless metro; made in India

Based on inputs by Meeta

Australia’s first fully-automated, driverless metro, the newly launched North West Line by Sydney Metro, has been made in India and manufactured by Alstom . The 22 six-car Metropolis trains have been made in Alston’s Sricity facility in Andhra Pradesh, India.

These have been designed in France and assembled at its centre of excellence in Sri City India, these fully automated driverless metro has been made with contributions from Alstom’s operations in Australia, Brazil, China and Belgium.

The Sydney’s Metro line line was inaugarated by Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Premier Gladys Berejiklian have opened . The Metro North West Line is Stage 1 of Sydney Metro that includes 36 km of track, 13 stations and a depot. The new network aims to provide a level of service never before seen in Australia with a train every four minutes in the peak in each direction. 

Piyush Goyal tweeted – Testament to the robust success of ‘Make in India’, the Indian facility of a French multinational company has delivered 22 train sets to Australia’s Sydney Metro, strengthening India’s role as an international manufacturing & engineering hub

The fully-automated driverless Sydney Metro trains consist of various modern features including 3 double-doors per car for improved access and passenger flows, LED lighting, large windows, emergency intercoms, CCTV cameras, the latest way-finding aids for customer information as well as real-time travel information. 

“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” said Ling Fang, Senior Vice-President for Alstom in Asia-Pacific.

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