Alstom has successfully delivered the first longest Citadis trams ever to Dublin from its factory in La Rochelle, France.
Seven, 55-metre trams, purchased for EUR 35 million by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), will run on the extension of the Dublin tram network as part of the LUAS Cross City transport project. They can carry up to 344 passengers. Once all seven trams have arrived from La Rochelle, they will be fully assembled at Alstom’s site in Sandyford, and then undergo safety testing and commissioning. They are expected to enter service in February 2018.
Following the successful delivery from La Rochelle, Dublin’s Alstom Citadis fleet will comprise 73 trams in total. Alstom also maintains the trams and the network infrastructure.
“Seeing these fantastic Citadis trams arriving into Dublin was an incredibly proud moment for us at Alstom. It is another important milestone in our long and successful partnership with Transport Infrastructure Ireland. We look forward to starting work on the final assembly and testing so that passengers in Dublin can enjoy these trams.” said Nick Phillips, Customer and Operations Director at Alstom UK&I.