Italy’s President, Sergio Mattarella, today visited Hitachi Rail’s train maintenance depot and Cityringen control centre in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Presidential visit to Hitachi’s employees in the Danish capital follows the official inauguration of train operator Metroselskabet’s new driverless M3 metro line by Queen Margrethe II on 29 September. The ceremony was attended also by the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, by the Minister for Transport, Benny Engelbrecht, by the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen and of the highest representatives of the local authorities.
The event was attended by more than 15 thousand people who joined the opening ceremony in the central Rådhuspladsen. During the first week of service around 1 million passengers travelled on the M3 line. During his visit, President Mattarella was able to hear at first hand the role Hitachi is playing to enhance mobility in Copenhagen and to support the city’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2025.
The new M3 line will serve 17 new stations, running in a circle for 15.5 km, and connects the areas of Vesterbro, Nørrebro, Østerbro with Frederiksberg and the historical city centre. The system, which has a total journey length of less than 30 minutes, will also allow passengers to interchange with the existing M1-M2 lines at four stations.
The driverless metro trains, signalling and turnkey systems for the M3 line are all manufactured by Hitachi Rail in Italy.
Andrew Barr, Global CEO of Hitachi Rail, commented: “President Mattarella’s visit to Hitachi’s operations in Copenhagen, as well as being a tremendous privilege for our people, underlines the capabilities our business is able to bring to transforming mobility in the world’s major cities.
The new system we are delivering to the Danish capital, like so many we are now participating in around the globe, is contributing to improving the quality of lives for millions of people. “We are delighted President Mattarella was able to witness at first hand the extraordinary work Hitachi people are involved in with our customer Metroselskabet in Denmark, and we thank him for his visit.”