More trains to enhance metro servicesThe L1, L3, L4 and L5 metro lines are to get more trains as from 2019. Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is to acquire twelve new trains, meaning greater frequency and an extra capacity of 20% during rush hours.
Use of the city’s public transport system hit an all-time high in 2017 and over the next three years the number of users on the metro is expected to rise by a further 15%.
Because of this, the aim is for 144 trains to be in simultaneous service in 2020, representing 17 more than at present and 24 more compared to January 2017. The extra trains include those which will gradually be brought into service by TMB next year: four on the L1 service, four on L5, two on L3 and two on L4.
The trains belong to the CAF 6000 and 5000 series and the Alstom 9000 series and have a total value of 92 million euros. The acquisition will be made via a lease agreement.
More space and more frequent trains
The addition to the fleet of trains should increase the network’s capacity by 20% and mean greater frequency of trains during rush hours. Specifically, there should be trains at intervals of under three minutes on the L1, L3 and L5 lines, and under three and a half minutes on L2 and L4 services.