[DK] Eight Hitachi Rail driverless metro trains for Copenhagen M1/M2 lines

Hitachi Rail Italy will build eight driverless metro trains for the metro lines M1/M2 in Copenhagen. The metros will be very similar to the Cityringen trains currently under construction. 

Last week, Hitachi Rail Italy signed a 50 million euro contract with Metroselskabet for the supply of eight driverless trains for the metro lines M1/​​M2 of Copenhagen. Metroselskabet is a company jointly owned by the municipality of Copenhagen (50%), the Danish government (41,7%) and the neighboring city of Frederiksberg 8,3%.

The eight new metros will be delivered by 2020 and will be similar to the metro trains being provided by Hitachi Rail Italy for the Cityringen line. The Cityringen project is a circle metro line in Copenhagen. Compared to the Cityringen metros (see title picture above), the new metros will feature a revised interior seating layout to increase capacity. The origanal (2002) Copenhagen metros have been design by Guigiaro Design. This design is also used for the Cityringen and M1/M2 vehicles.

Cityringen perpendicular seating arrangement  (still wrapped) compared to M1/M2 metro parallel seating arrangement – Photo: Hitachi Rail

The Copenhagen metro is operated an maintained by Metro Service A/S, jointly owned by Ansaldo STS (a Hitachi company)and Milan public transport company Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM). The signaling and communication systems included in the supply will be implemented by Ansaldo STS.

Hitachi Rail Italy, and its predecessor AnsaldoBreda, already had orders from Copenhagen:

  • 34 driverless metros have been delivered to Copenhagen for the M1/M2 metro lines, which started services in 2002;
  • 39 driverless metros are been built for the Cityringen line. They will enter service in 2019.

Have a look at the (original) Copenhagen Driverless Metro in this video.

Besides Copenhagen the Hitachi Rail driverless metros are being/will be used:

  • at the Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University Campus in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia (since 2012);
  • in the italian cities Brescia (since 2013), Milan (line 5, since 2013) and Rome (line C, since 2013);
  • in the Greek city of Thessaloniki (opening 2020);
  • in Taiwanese capital of Taipei (Yellow line, opening 2018).