[IN] Delhi–Meerut RRTS: Bombardier trains for India’s first semi-high-speed rail [updated]

Bombardier has received a Letter of Award from India’s National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) to build and deliver regional commuter and intracity trains, including maintenance services for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut semi-high-speed rail corridor. The contract is part of ‘Phase 1’ of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) in that region, with a design speed of 180 km/h.

This article was first published on 15.05.2020 and updated on 06.10.2020.

Bombardier will deliver:

  • 30x 6-car regional commuter trainsets (180 cars);
  • 10x 3-car intracity mass transit trainsets (30 cars);
  • 15 years of rolling stock maintenance, at the depots in Duhai and Modipuram;
  • The trains will be designed by Bombardier in Hyderabad;
  • The trains will be 100% manufactured locally, at Bombardier’s Vadodara sites, using over 83% local content;
  • Contract value: EUR 314 million;
  • Options: 90 more cars and two more years of maintenance.

With an expected ridership of 800,000 a day, India’s first semi-high-speed rail corridor will connect Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut with a new 82-km line will be implemented in phases between the cities. The travel time can be reduced by 75 percent, enabling passengers from Delhi to reach Meerut in less than an hour. 

The corridor will have 24 stations, and besides offering high-speed commuter services on the corridor, the infrastructure will also be used for offering local transit services in Meerut.

It is India’s first rail project to include maintenance scope as part of a rolling stock tender process.

Update 06.10.2020: NCRTC has released a video of an initial train design for the project:

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