The first trains will be delivered in the second quarter of 2012 and
will enter service by the end of the year, replacing the oldest trains
in the fleet which date back to the 1970s. At 116m, the trains are
longer than their predecessors and Alstom says this will increase
capacity by around 50% to 960 passengers. The Amsterdam Metropolis is
equipped to allow migration to automatic or driverless operation in

Siemens and Hyundai Rotem, Korea, were the other bidders
shortlisted for the contract, which includes an option for a further 23
trains for the new North-South line. This project is now heavily
delayed and will not be completed before 2017.