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THE Sydney Metro Northwest will be one of the most advanced Metro systems in the world when it opens in less than two weeks on May 26.
The 22 trains built by French multinational Alstom are based on the international Metropolis train platform, which currently operates in more than 25 cities around the world, including Singapore, Barcelona and Amsterdam.
The driverless trains have been designed to offer maximum safety and comfort to passengers, and feature the latest in passenger information systems, as well as areas for prams, luggage, bicycles, wheelchair spaces and separate priority seating for those with reduced mobility. Once inside, passengers can circulate freely throughout the entire length of the train.
There are three doors per carriage, which make boarding and departing the train faster and easier.
“It’s a very different train to Sydney Trains’: Inside the Metro train, there are no compartments or doors, you can walk right through the train with ease.Sydney Metro chief Jon Lamonte told The Daily Telegraph in February that the trains — which were built near the Indian city of Chennai — are world class.
“Alstom is one of the global suppliers of metro trains, provides trains all over the world and they all have slight differences but this is very similar to the one in Amsterdam,” Mr Lamonte said in previously unpublished comments.
“This is the latest of the trains, it is part of the cutting edge offering that we are bringing here,” Mr Lamonte said.
“It’s a very different train to Sydney Trains, if you get on board you can see right the way through it, there are no compartments or doors closing you off, you can walk right the way through.”
Platforms have floor to ceiling safety screen doors, which will open when the train has arrived, preventing anything from falling on the track. Pictures: Tracey Nearmy
The Hills Showground train station in Castle Hill, Sydney. Picture: Tracey NearmyHe said the driverless trains are programmed to stop at each station for a predetermined amount of time, before warning lights and audio sounds alert passengers that the doors are closing.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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