Alstom to supply 28 new TW20 trams for Paris

After ordering 37 trams in 2021, Île-de-France Mobilités is ordering 28 additional TW20 (Citadis 305) sets from Alstom, for an amount estimated at nearly EUR 89 million.

These new trams will ensure the first stage of the extension of line T1 to the East towards Montreuil (2027) before Val-de-Fontenay (2029) – which will increase service to the East of Paris and open up many districts – and a sustained frequency during peak hours (a tram every 4 minutes compared to 5 minutes currently).

This order contributes to the renewal of aging rolling stock and the improvement of travel conditions on line T1, which is one of the busiest lines on the network. It is part of a general policy of accelerating the modernization of all rolling stock initiated by the Île-de-France Mobility Organizing Authority.

A more comfortable, more capacious, more stylish tram

By the end of the year, the lineT1 will benefit from new rolling stock, the TW20. The first tram arrived in Île-de-France in May and has already begun its first dynamic tests.

New TW20 tram features

The T1 tram line is currently operated between Asnières Quatre Routes and Noisy-le-Sec over a length of approximately 18 km. It serves the departments of Hauts-de-Seine and Seine-Saint-Denis and the municipalities of Asnières-sur-Seine, Gennevilliers, Villeneuve-la-Garenne, L’Île-Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis, La Courneuve, Drancy, Bobigny and Noisy-le-Sec.

The new trams will feature:

  • A carrying capacity increased by 15% compared to the old trams
  • Wider, double doors at the ends to facilitate boarding/disembarking for passengers and facilitate access for people with reduced mobility
  • Improved comfort for travelers (USB ports, LED lighting, video surveillance)
  • From a unique design chosen by the people of the Paris region via consultation.

TW10 trams for other lines

Île-de-France Mobilités has also decided to finance the transfer of 7 TW10 (NTL Translohr) trams currently on the T7 and T8 lines to the T2 line, for an amount of EUR 11.5 million (with no impact on the operation of the lines).

This model, already tested on the T7 and T8 lines, will make it possible to:

  • Complete the line’s fleet (increase from 65 to 72 trams)
  • Make the line more robust and ensure the frequency fixed contractually with the RATP (3’30 during peak hours)
  • Improve travel comfort

This transfer will also make it possible to cope with the increase in ridership expected in the coming years with structuring connections (extension of the RER E to the west, metro line 15 south, extension of the T1 tramway to Colombes), while the line is one of the busiest lines in the network (225,000 passengers each day).

This transfer will require adaptations of infrastructure (platforms, maintenance workshop) and signaling. The implementation of these adaptations will be financed by the Organizing Authority, to the tune of 2.4 million current euros.

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