SUCCESS IN INDIA: KNORR-BREMSE PARTNERS WITH ALSTOM TO EQUIP METRO TRAINS
On behalf of Alstom, Knorr-Bremse is fitting braking and climate control systems to 52 Movia metros ordered by Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
Knorr-Bremse is to equip more metro trains destined for major cities in India in partnership with Alstom. The equipment includes braking and climate control systems for 52 Alstom Movia trains with a total of 156 railcars ordered by Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MPMRCL) for Bhopal and Indore. Knorr-Bremse will also provide comprehensive services for these technologies over a 15-year period. With this order, Knorr-Bremse is benefiting from the dynamic development of India’s transportation sector while contributing to safe, reliable, eco-friendly mobility in the country’s mass transit segment.
Safe and reliable rail mobility for major cities
To serve Bhopal and Indore, MPMRCL has ordered 52 metro trains from Alstom, totalling 156 railcars. Starting in 2024, they will go into service on overground and underground lines in both cities, travelling at speeds of up to 80 km/h. Of the metro trains, 27 are destined for Bhopal (31 km, 30 stations) and 25 for Indore, some 200 kilometres away (first construction phase: 33 km, 29 stations). The trains will play a vital role in India’s mass rapid-transit systems (MRTS), which are intended to provide reliable connections for commuters in the country’s rapidly growing cities. India has recently implemented a number of innovative, large-scale projects involving metro transit systems in various parts of the country.
Quick deliveries, long-term service
Knorr-Bremse was able to impress Alstom with three benefits in particular: punctual deliveries of high-quality products, dedicated technical support at all stages of the project, plus the two companies’ shared experience of India’s most recent major metro project, Agra-Kanpur, for which Knorr-Bremse is also providing equipment. Generally, Knorr-Bremse is a key partner for a number of customers in the ongoing development of the Indian transportation sector.
The brake control unit at the heart of Knorr-Bremse’s braking systems is based on market-leading software expertise from the company’s Technology Center in Pune, India (TCI).
The energy-efficient and highly reliable climate control systems supplied by the Group’s Merak brand are already installed in several Indian metro systems, working to ensure onboard passenger comfort. Among others, the systems have an energy-saving free cooling function as well as they feature CO₂ sensors and an intelligent fresh air control mode for optimized in-train air flow. Knorr-Bremse will start to supply Alstom with the technologies for Bhopal and Indore in the immediate future; deliveries are expected to continue through to mid-2025. At the same time, Knorr-Bremse will take responsibility for the long-term servicing of the braking and climate control systems, thus making a vital contribution to the high availability and reliability of the metro services.