Meet the designer of Sydney’s new metro train
Sydney’s new metro train is in production
Meet Xavier Allard, the designer of Sydney’s new metro train and find out what 200-year-old Sydney landmark inspired him.
Sydney’s new metro train is in production, with confirmation of its final colour scheme and customer improvements to the 21st century design.
Xavier Allard, the chief designer of Sydney’s metro train, says he was inspired by a Sydney landmark to create the unique “face” of the train.
The French-designed train, made by world-class train manufacturer Alstom, is based on the global Metropolis train.
It has been tweaked specifically for Sydney’s needs, including two multi-purpose areas per train for prams, luggage and bicycles as well as separate wheelchair spaces and priority seating.
Almost 300 people officially reviewed a life-size model of the metro train in late 2015 including mobility and vision impaired groups, elderly customers, school age students, mothers with prams and emergency services.
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and these groups were impressed with the accessibility of the new metro train, its layout and how easily wheelchair and priority seating could be found.
The train made its public debut at the 2016 Sydney Royal Easter Show, where more than 65,000 people walked through the life-size train model.
Key design features of the metro train include large windows, air-conditioning, cushioned seating, wide aisles, level access between the platform and train and three doors per side per carriage for quick loading and unloading.
The first train is expected to be delivered to Sydney Metro Northwest’s train facility at Rouse Hill before the end of 2017 for testing and commissioning.
Services are on track to start in the first half of 2019 with a train every four minutes in the peak – that’s 15 trains an hour.