Australia’s first Driverless Metro Opens to the Public

By: | June 16th, 2019

Image Courtesy Alstom

Australia’s biggest public transport project, Sydney Metro’s newest service – the fully automated driver-less North West rail service has been made in India. This driverless rail service connecting Tallawong to Chatswood will get served up by 22 Alstom six-coach trains.

Alstom, a French multinational company that operates in rail networks market, has provided twenty-two six-car Metropolis trains. The train got assembled at Alstom’s Sri City facility in the state of Andhra Pradesh (India). Designed in France, trains have been fabricated with inputs from Alstom’s processes in Brazil, China, Belgium and Australia.

Contemporary traits comprising real-time travel information, large windows, LED lighting, emergency intercoms, CCTV cameras, way-finding aids, 3 double-doors in each car and much more can be witnessed in these driverless Sydney Metro trains.

Ling Fang, Senior vice-president for Alstom in Asia-Pacific stated, “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.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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