As part of a partnership with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the National Transport Authority (NTA), Alstom has delivered the first of eight Citadis trams to Dublin. The project also involves Alstom extending a further 28 vehicles already operating on the network.
Alstom manufactured these first two tram at its facility in La Rochelle. They were then shipped to Ireland and assembled in Transdev’s depot at Sandyford – Transdev operates the tram network in Dublin. Both of these Citadis trams will enter service today (29 July).
All eight trams in this order will be 55m long, making them the longest single-unit Citadis trams in the world. The 28 trams that are to be extended will be lengthened from their existing 30m to 55m also.
The agreement with the TII and NTA will see Alstom equipping some of Dublin’s trams with its eMapping technology. Four trams will feature it by the end of 2020. These remote sensors will collect data on energy usage. The TII wants to work with Alstom to use that data to make the city’s trams more energy-efficient.
“Alstom's tramways have served Dublin for over a decade, providing a reliable, efficient and comfortable service for the city's commuters and visitors from all over the world. This brand new 55m tramway will create more space for passengers on Luas, and we are proud to be working with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Transdev to improve the service for everyone that uses it. Dublin was one of the first cities in the world to adopt Citadis tramways and now passengers rely on them in over 50 cities worldwide. With this brand new 55m tramway, the longest we have ever built, Dublin is leading the world again.”
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