Alstom has delivered the first two of 25 Citadis X05 trams to Athens. The order was placed by Attiko Metro in July 2018.
Later on this month the tram will start dynamic testing before entering passenger service in February 2021. All 25 trams will be delivered by the end of May 2021. They are to operate across the city’s entire tram network, including planned extensions.
“Alstom is proud to bring its latest generation of tram to Athens. By providing reliable and modern rolling stock, we commit to supporting the development of urban transport in Athens, to further increase the capacity and availability of the existing lines and their extensions.”
As part of its contract, Alstom will deliver the on-site testing, training and warranty services. It will also provide any necessary spare parts for the vehicles.
“It is our duty to contribute to a more sustainable and green mobility in the city of Athens. We know how important it is for everyone to have the latest generation trams for improved, eco-friendly and more pleasant urban transport.”
The Citadis X05 trams will operate alongside the existing fleet of light rail vehicles on the network. Compared to previous iterations of the Citadis, this version has 20 percent more glass surfaces. Each five-section tram will measure 33m and have a capacity of 294. All doors will be double doors to improve accessibility and speed of boarding and disembarking. Some of the technological features in the Citadis X05 are permanent magnet motors and optimised HVAC. Both of these contribute to reduced energy consumption.
This is the first time Alstom has sold trams in Greece. Other cities that have purchased the Citadis X05 include Sydney, Paris, Nice, Avignon, Caen, Lusail and Frankfurt.
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