The first of the 42, six-car driverless trainsets, that will be deployed on Line 2 of the Lima Metro, left the port of Salerno in Italy this week. Each 17.6m car, weighing 35 tonnes, was loaded by the Hapag-Lloyd shipping company on 16 August and will take 29 days to reach Lima, Peru.

Hitachi Rail Italy will supply the rolling stock for the new line, which is scheduled to be complete by Ferbuary 2019. The first train was tested at the Velim circuit in the Czech Republic, and the complete order will be built at HRI’s Reggio Calabria plant.

The Nuevo Metro de Lima consortium was granted the US $9bn Line 2 design, finance, build, operate and maintain concession in March 2014. The consortium was led by Dragados (25%) and includes Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructura, Vialia Sociedad Gestora de Concesiones de Infraestructura (19%), Salini-Impregilo (19%), Ansaldo STS (15%), Hitachi Rail Italy (12%) and Cosapi (10%). Metro de Madrid is participating as project advisor.

The concession includes 30 years of operations and maintenance of the 27 km east-west line from Ate to Callao, as well as an 8 km branch from Avenida Faucett to Avenida Néstor Gambetta and the airport with eight stations which will become part of a future Line 4. There will be two depots.

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