[ES / Expert] CAF and Alstom to built extra metros for Barcelona

Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona (TMB), the public transport company in the metropolitan area of ​​Barcelona, wants to increase its network capacity on the metro by 20%. TMB awarded Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and Alstom contracts to deliver a total of 12 additional metro trains.

The ‘Metro de Barcelona’ is operated by the Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona (TMB) and Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), the regional railway company of the self-government of Catalonia. The Barcelona Metro is facing a situation with a rapidly increasing number of passengers. Forecasts show a total increase by 20% by 2020. This is partly due to the current local government making it harder to use the car around the city.

Last week TMB announced the purchase of 12 new metros to overcome the increasing number of passengers. The contracts are:

  • a deal with CAF, worth € 75 million, for 10 metro units in 2 classes;
  • a deal with  Alstom, worth € 17 million, for 2 metro units in 1 class;

The delivery of the new metro trains is expected to start in the second half of 2019.

CAF metro Class 5000 (+6 units)

CAF build TMB metro unit 5029 at Badal Metro station in Barcelona – Photo: TMB

TMB ordered six Class 5000 metro units from CAF from Spain; Two units for line 3 and four units for line 5. During rush hours the intervals on these lines can be shortened to 3 minutes.

Originally CAF and Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) signed a contract for the supply of 39 metro units. The 5-car metros comprise two motor cars with cab, two intermediate motor cars and a central trailer car. The metros are equipped with an event recorder, passenger information system, CCTV train surveillance and automatic train control equipment.

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Main characteristics Class 5000

  • Length: 85,97 m
  • Total capacity: 826 passengers (6p/m2)
  • Maximum speed: 80 km/h
  • Gauge width: 1.435 mm (standard gauge)

CAF metro Class 6000 (+4 units)

TMB ordered four Class 6000 metro units with Alstom for Line 1. Again, rush hours intervals on line 1 will go down to 3 minutes.

CAF build metro unit 6004 of TMB – Photo: TMB

In 2005 Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona awarded CAF the supply of the original ten metro units, these are in service since 2007. The four new 5-car units will have the same composition as the older Class 6000 units; two motor cars with cab, two intermediate motor cars and a trailer car. The 6000s feature air conditioning, a retractable cab to change to automatic pilot, a CCTV Video surveillance system, a gangway between the cars.

Unlike the other units ordered, the Class 6000 are ‘ancient’ Iberian gauge (1.674 mm). Originally, Spain started of with this gauge, but it was replaced by the 1.668 mm standard later on.

Main characteristics Class 6000

  • Length: 86,17 m
  • Total capacity: 1117 passengers (6p/m2)
  • Maximum speed: 90 km/h

Alstom metro Class 9000 (+2 units)

Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) awarded the initial contract for this Class to Alstom in 2002. The units, part of the Alstom Metropolis family, were build in Belgium, France and Spain. Originally the contract was for 50 driverless metros, the order was to changed to 34 semi-automatic metros and only 16 driverless metros. The first entered service in 2008. In 2009 six additional driverless metros were ordered.

An Alstom build TMB metro class 9000 in service  – Photo: City of Barcelona

Under the new contract Alstom will supply two semi-automatic Class 9000 metro trains for Line 4 to TMB. 

Main characteristics Class 9000

  • Length: 86,09 m
  • Seating capacity: 112 passengers
  • Maximum speed: 80 km/h
  • Gauge width: 1.435 mm (standard gauge)