Alstom awarded Knorr-Bremse a five-year contract extension of hydraulic brake systems for Citadis trams. Having started in the last quarter of 2020, Knorr Bremse is supplying braking as well as entrance systems for 69 Citadis light rail vehicles.
As part of the framework agreement, Knorr-Bremse equip the Citadis trams with hydraulic braking systems, including carbody components like electro-hydraulic units and electronics, as well as bogie equipment including hydraulic calipers, brake discs and pads, magnetic track brakes and load sensors.
Under the contract, for the entrance systems, which will meet current PRM requirements (People with Reduced Mobility), double-leaf doors will make the low – floor vehicles easily accessible for all passengers, and thereby contribute to more available urban mobility. In addition, Nantes is committed to combat climate change, and it is acquiring these new light rail vehicles that are particularly energy efficient and over 99% recyclable.
“By equipping these low-floor vehicles with our systems technologies, we are able to make a decisive contribution to modern, flexible and more available mobility in major of France’s urban centers”, Eric Tassilly, Managing Director at Knorr-Bremse France said.
The extension marks another joint achievement in the longstanding partnership between Alstom and Knorr-Bremse on the Citadis platform for which Knorr-Bremse is delivering its solutions for more than 20 years.
Most of the LRVs are destined to operate in Nantes, contributing to more available mobility and higher transport capacities. 49 out of these 69 vehicles will be operated by Semitan in the city of Nantes. In 2020, the City of Nantes awarded Alstom a EUR 200 million contract for the supply of 49 Citadis low-floor LRVs which will be delivered starting 2022.
The 46-meter – long trams with seven car sections each will replace 46 high-floor Tramway Francais Standard 1 (TFS-1) vehicles from the 1990s, while at the same time increasing transport capacity in the sixth largest city in France.