The Community of Madrid approves investment of €450 million for the purchase of 40 new Metro trains

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Today, the Governing Council heard the proposal to award the contract to the public company CAF to manufacture this rolling stock. These trains will be mainly destined for lines 6 and 8 and their incorporation will mean the withdrawal of the older models. They will be ready in approximately three years and will each incorporate six coaches and intercommunicating corridors. Further acquisitions will follow in the coming months with another 40 for Line 1, the first line to be inaugurated by the Madrid underground

At its meeting today, the Governing Council of the Community of Madrid was informed of the report on Metro de Madrid's award of the contract for the purchase from the company CAF of 40 new trains that will be incorporated into the Madrid underground system with a total investment of €450 million.

These trains, which have a production period of three years, will be mainly destined for lines 6 (Laguna-Lucero) and 8 (Nuevos Ministerios-T4 Aeropuerto), and their entry into service will mean the withdrawal of older models, such as the 5000 series, thus improving the service provided to millions of public transport users.

This operation guarantees, on the one hand, an increase in the travel capacity of the entire underground system and, on the other, to meet the demand for the future extension of Line 11 to Conde de Casal. The purchase also ensures a more efficient redeployment of the company's existing resources.

This contract also includes the development and implementation of a programme to optimise the life cycle of these trains, which entails advice and technical assistance for their maintenance for a period of 10 years.

Metro de Madrid trains will have a total of six coaches, with intercommunicated corridors, meeting the highest standards of accessibility, quality and comfort. All will be designed and manufactured according to sustainability criteria: reduction of energy consumption, spare parts prices and CO2 emissions through the introduction of new refrigerants.

The second phase of this project, which will be carried out in the coming months, will involve the purchase of a further 40 trains (240 coaches) to be assigned to Line 1 between Pinar de Chamartín and Valdecarros –the first to inaugurate the Metro service in 1919– at an estimated value of €518.4 million.