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Sydney receives fully-automated Alstom train, ahead of inaugural 2019 journey.

Alstom has delivered the first three of 22 metro trains as part of the €5.2bn Sydney Metro Northwest project in Australia.

The new trains, which were delivered to the Sydney Metro Trains Facility at Rouse Hill, will now be tested over the following months.

The Sydney Metro Northwest project is the first stage of the Sydney Metro project which aims to deliver a train every four minutes in each direction during peak times. The project is expected to be launched in the first half of next year.

Alstom Australia and New Zealand managing director Mark Coxon said: “We are extremely proud to be able to deliver another first for Sydney with our latest and most innovative automated metro technology.

“This train and associated technologies will transform Sydney and provide a step change in the city’s public transport capability and reliability.”

The new six-car trains were designed specifically to operate in Sydney, with special emphasis on providing better on-board mobility and comfort.

Equipped with three double-doors on each side of every car, the trains offer improved access and passenger flows.

They also feature large windows, ambient LED lighting, CCTV monitoring and emergency intercoms, as well as new systems to provide real-time travel information.

The whole system will utilise Alstom’s computer based train control system (CBTC) ‘Urbalis 400’ that will streamline operations by optimising station stoppage times and frequency of service.

The service will be expanded into the city in 2024 and deliver a train every two minutes during peak hours.

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