by Josephine Cordero Sapién
03 Sep 2021
Alstom is supply a further 35 Citadis trams to the city of Lyon, France.
SYTRAL, Lyon’s public transport authority, has ordered an additional 35 Citadis trams as part of the Destination 2026 plan. Under this plan, the French city will see the introduction of new tram lines and the extension of existing ones, which naturally requires more rolling stock too.
The order is worth 115 million euros and is an option exercise under the framework agreement signed by both parties in 2018.
“This order is a fine mark of confidence from one of our long-standing customers. We have been working with SYTRAL for 40 years now to offer green, reliable, and comfortable mobility solutions that meet the expectations of Lyon’s passengers. SYTRAL is assured of having a proven, high quality equipment, as it benefits from the feedback from the nearly 3,000 Citadis trams sold to 60 cities around the world. With more than 140 Citadis trams planned to be in service, Lyon's network is a real showcase for French and Alstom know-how.”
SYTRAL currently has 34 Citadis trams measuring 43m in length and 73 Citadis trams measuring 32m in length in its fleet (107 units in total). With this new order, SYTRAL will have a Citadis fleet of 142 trams. The transport authority ordered its first Citadis units in 1998, with the first one commissioned in 2000.
The Citadis trams in this order will be identical to the 15 43m trams Alstom delivered in 2020 and 2021 that run on lines T3 and T4. Their nose design aims at improved visibility. Each one has a capacity of 287 passengers. The trams will be low-floor and equipped with air-conditioning, and audio and visual passenger information.
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