IRJ at InnoTrans 2016: SIEMENS presented the first driverless Inspiro metro train for Riyadh metro Line 1 (Blue Line) to representatives of Arriyadh Development Authority (ARA) at InnoTrans on September 20.
As E&M partner in the Bechtel-led Bacs consortium, Siemens is supplying 45 four-car trains for Line 1 and 29 two-car trains for Line 2 (Red Line) under a turnkey contract which also includes automatic train control systems and electrification for the two lines.
Each 75.7m-long four-car train for Line 1 accommodates up to 522 passengers (at 4 passengers/m2), 123 of them seated, in first, family, and second class accommodation. Interior and exterior design was developed by Siemens in collaboration with French design bureau Avant Premiere. Notably, there are no visible screw heads or fixing points inside the train – a requirement of ARA’s specification. More info
By Keith Barrow