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Alstom to Supply New Generation of Metros to Lyon

Alstom is to design and supply the new generation of metros for the territory of Greater Lyon. The binding part of the order includes the delivery of 30 metros for an amount of 140 million euros. This first order may be extended through an exercise of options for up to 18 metros. The first four metros will enter service throughout 2019 on line B of the Lyon metro network. 

Lyon Metro Line D
Metro Lyon Line D © CAF

The contract, which is part of the SYTRAL’s Avenir Métro 2020 (Future Metro 2020) programme, aims to increase the transport capacity of lines A, B and D of the Lyon metro to deal with increasing ridership, estimated at 30% over the next few years. 

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Based on Alstom’s rubber-tyred metro solutions and constantly improved by the feedback of its clients, the new metros will use the latest advances in technology to increase availability, accessibility and passenger information and to facilitate maintenance. 36 metres long, every metro will be able to transport up to 325 passengers. Environmentally friendly, the new metros for Lyon will be eco-designed. They will be 96% recyclable. They will also be equipped with an entirely electrical braking system, LED lighting and other innovations enabling a 25% reduction in energy usage compared with the metros currently in service.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President for Alstom in France, said:

“We are honoured to have been awarded this contract by the SYTRAL. A true showcase of French expertise, the new-generation metro of Lyon represents a technical challenge to tackle increasing numbers of passengers on the network, while offering unbeatable reliability of service. This new contract is proof of Alstom’s ability to offer tried-and-tested, personalised products that meet the specific needs of its clients, starting with the SYTRAL, which already entrusted us with the trains currently in operation.”


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Six of Alstom’s sites in France are involved in the design and development of the new Lyon metro: Valenciennes for the design, internal layout, assembly, testing and certification of the metros,  Saint-Ouen for the coordination of the design, Ornans for the motors, Le Creusot for the bogies, Tarbes for the traction and Villeurbanne for the onboard I.T. systems, passenger information systems and predictive maintenance. Alstom has also called on the Lyon designer Fabrice Pouille (10-6 design) to come up with the design of the new trams.

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