Bombardier Transportation has delivered its first Movia C30 metro trainsets for the Red line on the Stockholm metro system to Stockholm Public Transport (SL).
Configured into four-car sets with a driver’s cab at each end, each train has seating for 140 passengers using a four-by-four seating configuration with additional seats along the vehicles’ sides. There are also standing areas and multi-purpose spaces to optimize comfort, capacity and passenger flow.
Each air-conditioned car has three sets of double sliding-doors on both sides, speeding up passenger entry and exit.
The Mitrac propulsion system used for the new trains is manufactured in Sweden, at Västerås, 100km west of Stockholm. The 750V DC third-rail trains are assembled in Hennigsdorf, Germany, and delivered to Sweden by rail to SL’s new maintenance depot in Norsborg. The bodyshells are manufactured by BST, a Bombardier joint venture company in China, and the trains are equipped with the Orbiflo remote condition monitoring technology, developed in Sweden.
Bombardier was awarded the contract to supply 96 four-car trains by SL in June 2013. The trains were approved for passenger service in June 2019, followed by further testing to ensure their readiness to operate on SL’s network.
On delivery to SL, there is a period of trial running on the network before the trains begin passenger service. The new Movia C30 metro trainsets will progressively replace existing older trains on the Red line, which connects the northeastern and southwestern suburbs directly with the city centre.
Henrik Junkrans, Bombardier Transportation project director, said: “Six MOVIA C30 metro trainsets have been handed over to our customer SL since April.
“We welcome the strong partnership we have with SL, and together we are delivering this fleet of new MOVIA C30 trains which will bring attractive, sustainable and reliable public transportation to Stockholm’s citizens, thanks to their award-winning Scandinavian design, energy efficient technology and predictive maintenance solution.”
Sweden is investing heavily in sustainable mobility solutions and its capital city, Stockholm, is one of the fastest growing metropolitan regions in Europe. The metro system is the backbone of the capital’s transport network, carrying more than one million passengers per day in normal operations (before COVID-19).
Investment in the metro network is focused on increasing capacity and includes line extensions, new stations and new trains.