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A new generation commuter train for the UK

10/02/2009 AT 06:56

At the heart of the train architecture is Bogie Offset Articulation which reduces the number of bogies by up to 30%, allowing the carriages to be shorter and wider and thus optimize the vehicle gauge. This in turn creates more passenger space and comfort. A wide, uninterrupted aisle and spacious gangways are created throughout the train, improving the feeling of security for passengers as well as mobility.

Safety onboard is increased as the energy absorption areas are concentrated in the elongated front end of the train rather than between carriages, making these areas safer for passengers and crew.

The door configuration is geared to reduce stopping times at stations by making the boarding and alighting process more efficient, particularly on high-density routes. Two sets of double doors are situated in the centre of each carriage, providing 25% more doors than a conventional trainset, per equivalent length. The shorter carriages of X`Trapolis are also closer to platform edges, especially when these are curved, reducing the stepping distance from train to platform by almost half.

Passenger information systems help the passenger make informed decisions, with exterior displays indicating the capacity status of each carriage to facilitate boarding and interior displays providing updates on connecting services at stations.

95% recyclable, X'Trapolis for the UK is designed to respect the environment. Thanks to the reduced number of bogies, it is also 28% lighter than existing electric commuter trains on the UK network. The lighter weight, combined with regenerative braking, an aerodynamic design, intelligent energy management and efficient lighting enable X`Trapolis to make an energy saving of up to 50%. In addition, the train creates less noise both externally and internally, thanks to the reduced number of bogies and axles in contact with the track.

Maintenance is made easier thanks to the reduced number of bogies, a major part of train maintenance, as well as the use of Alstom's on board diagnostic system, TrainTracer, and in-house spare parts and traction engineering capability in the UK.

Roland Kientz, Alstom Transport Senior Vice President North Europe, said: “ The development of X'Trapolis is evidence of Alstom's commitment to the UK rail industry. It incorporates the best of the technologies already deployed on our fleets and I am convinced that the combination of technology, service provider experience and the motivation of our teams will bring outstanding benefits to UK operators and their passengers"

Paul Robinson, Alstom Transport MD, UK and Ireland, added: “We believe the time is right to introduce X`Trapolis to the UK. We are drawing on Alstom`s global strengths to offer a new approach to commuter travel”.

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