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Hitachi Rail Italy awarded EUR 50 million contract to supply eight new driverless trains for M1/M2 lines of Copenhagen Metro, Denmark

Hitachi Rail Italy (HRI) has secured a contract from Denmark’s Metroselskabet to supply eight new autonomous trains for M1/M2 lines of the Copenhagen Metro.

The deal, which is valued at around €50m, also includes the delivery of signalling and communication systems.

Hitachi group company Ansaldo STS will provide the systems.

Set to be delivered by 2020, the driverless vehicles will have similar features to the vehicles to be deployed in Copenhagen Metro’s Cityringen line, but will be tailored to suit the specific features of the M1/M2 lines.

HRI previously built an additional 39 trains for the Cityringen line, which are scheduled to enter service next year.

The internal layout of the new M1/M2 lines’ vehicles will be designed to increase transport capacity, in line with the needs of the service. Ansaldo Signalling and Transportation Systems (Ansaldo STS), an Italian transportation company that is part of the Hitachi group, will supply signalling and communication systems

Hitachi Rail Italy CEO Maurizio Manfellotto said: “The contract signed in Copenhagen confirms our company’s ability to offer products and services that provide a comfortable, safe and reliable journey for passengers, giving our customers the means to run a smooth revenue service.”

In July last year, HRI and Hitachi Ansaldo Baltimore Rail Partners, a unit of Ansaldo STS, won a $400.5m contract from Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to supply a new metro fleet of 78 railcars for the Baltimore Metro Subway Link.

The contract will also see the delivery of an advanced communication based train control (CBTC) system from Ansaldo STS.

“In our plants we manufacture trains that allow us to compete globally,” said Giuseppe Marino, HRI COO. “We have great experience in the field, and make important investments in technology R&D that help us to constantly innovate in our production and time to market.

“All of which are supported by the skills and the expertise of our people.”

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