France: Alstom to Extend Le Mans Citadis Trams

Alstom has been awarded a contract by Le Mans Métropole to extend the length of 34 Citadis trams in Le Mans, France.

A 32-metre Citadis tram, which will be extended to 44 metres at the end of this project
A 32-metre Citadis tram, which will be extended to 44 metres at the end of this project

Under this contract, which is valued at 57 million EUR, Alstom will extend the city’s existing trams from 32 to 44 metres long. This work is set to increase the transport capacity of the trams by 40 percent, providing space for an additional 85 passengers per tram.

In addition, Alstom will modernise some of the onboard systems, including the CCTV and the tachometric control units. It will also install new systems such as lubrication and anti-drift technologies, as well as a new a dynamic passenger information system that is currently under development.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom France said:

“Alstom is very proud to be carrying out this project to extend the Le Mans metropolitan authority’s trams, thereby contributing to the development of a more modern, higher-capacity urban transport network. These energy-efficient Citadis trams will also improve comfort and operating conditions. We would like to thank Le Mans Métropole for its renewed confidence in our tramway solutions.”

The existing trams were rolled out in Le Mans in 2007, 2010 and 2013. Delivery of the first extended trams is now scheduled for March 2026, with commercial service expected to begin in the summer of 2026.

The extended trams will have a total capacity of 296 passengers. They will also have two additional double doors on each side, making it easier for passengers to get on and off.

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