Under the contract between the Alstom group and Metro do Porto, worth €4.5 million, the on board ATP (Automatic Train Protection) signalling systems will be supplied for 18 new trains that will be added to the already existing fleet.

Based on CityFlo technology, this system, Alstom said in a statement, includes “beacons” placed along the track, which send information to the trains, allowing continuous speed supervision.

In addition, it enables semi-automatic driving, centralising all indications in the driver's cab.

“Alstom is committed to contributing to the development of the Portuguese railway system, proposing systems and solutions that add value in terms of functionality and safety, both for operators and users. With the supply of the CityFlo system to Metro do Porto, we are enhancing the modernisation and safety of the line and trains, while facilitating the transition to more sustainable mobility”, said David Torres Managing Director of Alstom Portugal.

According to the company, which develops and markets sustainable mobility solutions, the first train equipped with this Alstom ATP system will enter into circulation in the testing phase at the end of 2022.

Alstom has been in Portugal for over 30 years and currently two out of three trains in circulation in the country were manufactured by Alstom or with Alstom technology, including high-speed trains, regional trains, metro and trams.