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Lucknow Metro launches commercial operations

Ayesa has reached a new milestone for rail transport engineering in India with the entry into operation of one of our biggest projects, the Lucknow Metro, which started rolling last September. Four trains operate with a frequency of 11 minutes and the train line is expected to transport 430,000 passengers every day, although this could rise to a million by 2030.

This suburban rail is one of the most advanced in India, a country where numerous rail projects are in progress with a view to improving connections between its growing cities. In fact, together with China, India is the global leader in the construction of this type of infrastructure. Ayesa has been working for nine years in India, where it has become one of the top three engineering companies specialising in metros. In fact, it is currently involved in eight of the twelve suburban rails that are undergoing construction.

In Lucknow, Ayesa led a multinational consortium that undertook oversight of the infrastructure, including integrated consultancy, from reviewing the design and systems to the security and the quality. A Spanish-Indian team of more than 90 people from Ayesa has carried out the implementation of this project over the last eighteen months. For Ayesa, highlights that this contract has been a great accolade for us to compete for new bids because of the timescale achieved and delivery guarantees. As well as Lucknow, the company has successfully completed the Noida-Greater section.

Sustainable Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC), a concessionary group constituted by the central and regional governments, maintains that this metro has been the fastest to construct in the whole world, and the most cost-efficient. Furthermore, it has recently received a platinum rating for eight of its stations due to their “green” systems, whereby rainwater is collected, two megawatts of solar energy are generated and LED lighting is used. In total, the north-south corridor between Transport Nagar and Charbagh (Phase 1A) comprises 23 kilometres, 22 stations (just three underground) and a budget of 7.8 billion dollars.