The existing MPM 76 rolling stock on the Marseille metro entered service in the 1970s and 1980s.
New Metro Trains for Marseille
Each new rubber-tyre metro train will consist of four cars and be 65m in length. Passengers will be able to move from car to car. Based on a calculation of four passengers per square metre, each train will be able to accommodate 500 passengers. Each train will have large bay windows, air-conditioning and modern passenger information systems. Alstom hired Marseille designers Ora-ïto and Fabien Bourdier to develop the trains’ new look and sound.
Alstom submitted three designs to Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence, which launched an online consultation so residents could comment on their preferred design. Certain features are inherent in all three designs: the metro trains will be environmentally friendly. 96 percent of the materials will be recoverable when they reach the end of their lifespan. They will also use 25 percent less energy than the metros currently in operation. This is because the new metros will feature electric braking, LED lighting and other optimisations.
Metro Automation System
Alstom will use its Urbalis 400 solution for the automation system. As this solution is already in place on more than 1,500km of metro lines, Marseille will benefit from a proven system.
400 people at six of Alstom’s sites in France will participate in the project. The contract will also create employment along the supply chain, including in the Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence itself.