The contract includes an initial order for 13 trains worth around €100m, with an option for an additional 17 trains worth a further €140m.

The first train will be delivered within 29 months, with the subsequent 12 trains expected to arrive following the completion of testing and commissioning.

The trains will have 216 seats, as well as two dedicated areas for passengers with limited mobility, providing a total capacity of 1200 passengers per train.

The 114m-long trains will be constructed using a stainless steel carbody shell, and will feature four double doors each side, large windows, LED lighting and real-time passenger information systems. The trains will also be equipped with CBTC.

Following the introduction of the new 80km/h fleet, the line will support two minute headways and provide an end-to-end journey time of 12 minutes.

The 6.7km Phase 1 section of Line 5 was opened in September and is currently being operated using a fleet of Bombardier Movia 346 trains transferred from Line 3.

The Lei 3.2bn ($US 776.21m) line has 10 stations and a maintenance depot, and runs from an interchange with lines 1 and 3 at Eroilor to Raul Doamnei. The line also includes a branch to Valea Ialomitei.

Construction began in November 2011, and was undertaken by a consortium of FCC, Spain, Astaldi, Italy, and AB Construct and ACM Delta, Romania. The work was partially funded through a €251.8m grant from the European Union’s (EU) Cohesion Fund.

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