Savli, India (Urban Transport News): The ground-breaking Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor is becoming the first semi-high-speed section for intercity passenger travel, which would reduce travel time between Delhi and Meerut to 55 minutes. This line is the first in India to adopt the European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 hybrid signaling system. It also marks the world first for the combination of the latest ETCS standard.
Global rolling stock manufacturer, Alstom Transport, has announced that it is ready to deliver the first medium-high-speed RRTS trainset to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) on May 7, 2022. The first train will be handed over to the NCRTC at a grand ceremony attended by Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs; Manoj Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director, NCRTC; Alain Spohr, Managing Director, Alstom Transport India and other senior NCRTC and Alstom officials.
In July 2021, Alstom had started manufacturing the Regional Commuter and Transit Trains for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Semi-High Speed Rail Corridor for RRTS Phase 1 at its factory in Savali, Vadodara, Gujarat. In May 2020, the NCRTC had awarded a contract to Bombardier Transportportation (which was later acquired by Alstom) to design, build and deliver 210 regional commuter and transit rail cars along with full maintenance services for 15 years .
Alstom will deliver a total of 30 RRTS trains of six cars each and 10 intra-urban rapid transit trains of three cars each. In line with India’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ vision and Make-in-India guidelines, these RRTS trains are 100% made in India, with over 80% localization and are manufactured at Alstom’s Savli plant ( Gujarat). This installation produces the bogies, the bodies and carries out the tests of the trains. Propulsion systems and electricity are manufactured at the company’s factory in Maneja (Gujarat).
The first train preview (mock-up) of India’s first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) was unveiled on March 16, 2022 at NCRTC’s Duhai Depot.
These RRTS trains were developed with the vision of transforming the future of regional passenger travel in India. The RRTS corridors will operate the fastest trains in India with a design speed of 180 km/h. Ergonomics, safety, low life-cycle costs and high recyclability also help make these trains an attractive sustainable choice to promote public transport, thereby significantly reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.
Alstom’s scope of work also includes the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of train signaling and control, supervision, platform screen doors and telecommunications systems for this 82.15 km Delhi-Meerut RRTS corridor.