[IN] The first semi-high speed Alstom unit built for NCRTC RRTS

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With the take-over of Bombardier Transportation, Alstom inherited the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) rolling stock project. 180 km/h-fast trains that will connect Delhi and Meerut. This is the flowery roll-out of the first unit.

In 2020, National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) announced the winner of a tender for 30 six-car regional and ten three-car local trains, including the 15-year maintenance: Bombardier Transportation. One year later, in July 2021, the assembly started in Savli, Gujarat, already under the flag of Alstom.

NCRTC 180 km/h fast train for the Delhi-Meerut line – May 2022 © Alstom

Now, only ten months later, the first unit has been presented. The design was inspired by the Lotus Temple in Delhi. Note that the Bombardier-typical U shape in the front is still there, although the silver element that was planned to make it stand out has been left out.

NCRTC 180 km/h fast train for the Delhi-Meerut line – May 2022 © Alstom

Once operational, travel time between Delhi and Meerut (82,5 km) will be cut by 35 minutes, to less than an hour. The daily ridership is expected to be massive: up to 800,000 passengers. Worth mentioning is the first implementation of the ETCS hybrid Level 2 signaling system on line+trains, which is an Indian premiere.

NCRTC 180 km/h fast train for the Delhi-Meerut line – May 2022 © Alstom

Read about the backgrounds of this article here:

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

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