CATALONIA Government Railways (FGC) has awarded Alstom a €177m contract to supply 10 Coradia Stream EMUs, along with associated maintenance for a period of 15 years.

The Coradia fleet has been ordered to operate a new FGC service between Barcelona city centre and Terminal 1 at El Prat Airport, using a new 1668mm gauge branch to the terminal that is currently under construction. As a result, the vehicles have been designed with the specific needs of airport traffic in mind, with space for large items of luggage and wider gangways to improve accessibility.

An image giving an impression of the livery scheme for the new FGC Coradia Stream trains for the Barcelona - El Prat Airport line. Picture: Alstom

Each of the 10 new trains will consist of five single-deck cars with a total capacity of 600 passengers and a maximum speed of 120km/h. The entire train will be low floor except for the bogie and cab areas, with extra-wide double doors located at platform height.

The car interiors have been designed in collaboration with Spanish disability charity the ONCE Foundation to offer passengers the best travel experience, especially those with reduced mobility. The trains also follow ecologically-friendly design criteria in the choice of raw materials, traction systems and energy efficiency, and with recycling of materials in mind at the end of the fleet’s  working life.

The new trains will be built at the Alstom plant in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Barcelona, where the manufacturer will also build a new depot to provide preventive and corrective maintenance.

The trains will be fitted with advanced signalling, as well as other safety and passenger information systems, and the trains’ design is intended to reflect the geography, architecture and traditions of Catalonia.

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