MADRID Metro has ordered 40 six-car trains from CAF for €450m. They will be deployed on lines 6 and 8 to replace some of the oldest rolling stock currently in service such as the series 5000 trains.

The 23.5km circular Line 6 serves 28 stations and is the busiest on the Madrid Metro network. It carried 110 million passengers in 2023, an average of 618,000 every working day.

Line 8 runs for 16km from Nuevos Ministerios in the city centre to Aeropuerto T4 station at Madrid Barajas Airport, serving a total of eight stations. Both Line 6 and Line 8 are to be converted to automatic train operation (ATO).

As well as increasing capacity on the network, Madrid Metro says that the new trains, which feature full-width gangways between the cars, will enable it to meet increased demand when the extension of Line 11 to Conde de Casal is completed.

The contract awarded to CAF also includes technical assistance for fleet maintenance over 10 years.

Under the second phase of Madrid Metro’s fleet renewal programme, an additional 40 six-car trains will be ordered for €518.4m in the next few months. They will be deployed on the 24km Line 1 which runs from Pinar de Chamartín to Valdecarros, serving 33 stations.

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