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Moscow Metro to organise new tender for the supply of metro cars in September

During an inspection visit at the Vladykino Electric Engine Depot under reconstruction, which services the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line of the Moscow Metro, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin stated that in 2015, only next-generation metro cars will run on the line.

“We have approved a programme on updating the Moscow Metro’s rolling stock. In recent years, 27 % of metro cars have been renewed. Every year, about 300 new cars are purchased; we are also gradually changing the procurement system. A life-cycle contract has been concluded for the first time this year, which provides not only for the supply of cars, but also the manufacturer’s responsibility for their lifetime and maintenance,” the Mayor said.

“Next year, we are planning to renew all the rolling stock in this depot. Passengers will definitely feel it; this is one of the busiest lines, and almost 80 trains operate here during rush hours. This is the maximum possible number. So, the new rolling stock will be of high quality and very reliable,” said Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor and Head of the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.

“Currently, we are purchasing cars according to schedule. All of the planned programmes are being implemented. In 2014, we are going to purchase 352 new cars. Now we are in the depot, which has carried out for the first time train repairs under a lifecycle contract. All trains that arrive here undergo pre-commissioning activities, are tested and put into operation. Today we are putting into operation the 14th train, and I think that the scheduled programme will be completely implemented by the end of the year,” Dmitry Pegov, Head of the Moscow Metro, reported to the Mayor.

Mr. Sobyanin noted that in 2010-2013, 987 next-generation metro cars were purchased. The number of new cars has increased to 1360, or 27 % of the total rolling stock, which amounts to 5,040 cars.

The Mayor also proposed announcing in September a tender for supplying next generation cars, which will be more comfortable, long-lasting and less noisy.

“We have a special technical task for major potential participants, including international companies, which are obligated to localise production, and national producers. They assured us that all the high standards for safety and reliability are realistic. Moreover, we took a decision (and it was welcomed by producers) to keep the current prices. We have already received a number of applications and test projects which will allow passengers and the metro’s employees to assess the future appearance of the rolling stock,” said Andrei Andreyev, Director General of Transmashholding.

Following the Mayor’s instruction, new metro cars have been purchased under life cycle contracts. A manufacturer is obliged not only to supply cars, but also to maintain them for 30 years of their operation.

In the event of malfunctioning of the rolling stock or operating trouble due to the breakage of a train, the manufacturer will be fined. Such an approach increases the manufacturer’s responsibility for the quality of vehicles supplied and encourages strict adherence to all standards of maintenance.

Russia’s first life cycle contract for the supply of 832 metro cars (104 trains) was signed with Metrovagonmash in 2014. Under the contract, the Moscow Metro will receive 264 cars before the end of the year and the rest by 2017. Currently, 112 cars have been supplied.

In financial terms, life cycle contracts will let the Moscow Government save 20 billion roubles in 2014, which will be spent on developing the metro system. Savings on car maintenance for the contract duration will amount almost to 20%.

In total, the Moscow Metro plans to purchase about 2,400 new cars. Tenders for their supply will be announced involving leading domestic and international manufacturers of metro cars.

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