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RTA: First of 50 new Dubai Metro trains have arrived

15 of the new trains will be used to serve the Expo 2020 Dubai network, rest will enhance the ‘service level’ of the Metro

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has said that the first of the new Dubai Metro trains has arrived in the emirate, with a total of 50 set to be delivered by the end of October 2019.

Out of the 50, 15 will be used to serve the Expo 2020 Dubai network, while the remaining 35 will be utilised to enhance the service level of the Dubai Metro, the RTA said in a statement. It added that several improvements have been introduced to the interior design of the new metro carriages, resulting in more room for riders and an increased intake of carriages.

Changes include dedicating the last carriage to women and children, while part of the first carriage will be for gold class. Other carriages will be for silver class. Seat distribution will be transversal in gold class, and longitudinal in silver class. This will increase the capacity of each train to 696 riders from the current number of 643.

Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the RTA, said that the first train has been transported to the Metro Depot in Rashidiya.

‘The manufacturer, Alstom, will continue supplying the remaining trains in batches,” he said.

“RTA will carry the test-run of the first train destined for Route 2020 on the Red Line of the Dubai Metro. It will start with the static tests of all operating systems of the train. In the following stage, RTA will embark on dynamic tests, which involve testing the performance of systems while in motion, such as motors, brakes and control systems,” added Al Tayer.

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