Alstom to start building new PRASA train fleet

Production of South Africa’s new suburban train fleet is set to begin after Alstom and PRASA unveiled the finalised vehicle design at Africa Rail this week.

The first 20 trains will be built at Alstom’s Lapa plant in Brazil before production move to Dunnottar.

PRASA Group chief executive Lucky Montana said: “The project is running at full speed and we have successfully completed the first important milestone.”

The Gibela joint venture’s first group of South African engineers are currently being trained at Alstom facilities in Europe.