Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL) awarded Alstom a contract for the supply of Citadis trams for Line R and Line T of the Lille tramway network. An initial order includes 24 Citadis trams, with the possibility of adding a further 6, with a total value of EUR 124 million.
The first deliveries will take place in early 2026, with entry into service scheduled for mid-2026.
With a length of 32.40 metres and a width of 2.40 metres, MEL’s new trams have a metric gauge. They have 4 double doors on each side to make it easier for passengers to get on and off. They have a minimum capacity of 196 passengers.
In compliance with the PMR (Persons with Reduced Mobility) legislation, the trams have door opening buttons at the right level, wider seats and areas reserved for wheelchair users and pushchairs.
For a comfortable journey in total safety, the Citadis trams are air-conditioned and equipped with a dynamic passenger information system and a video protection system.
These trams are energy-efficient, thanks to new motorisation, efficient management of inside temperature and 100% LED lighting. The trams are eco-designed, 95% recyclable and 99% reusable.
Maintainability requirements have already been taken into account with a reduced number of spare part references, improved accessibility of components and sensors distributed throughout the tram to enable remote diagnosis of the equipment, thus making it possible to anticipate and therefore optimise downtime periods and offering optimum availability for the operator.
Lille tramway network, also called the Grand Boulevard tramway or “Mongy”, was put into service in 1909. It has a Y-shaped network that connects the Lille Flandres station to the towns of Roubaix and Tourcoing via La Madeleine, Marcq-en-Barœul, Wasquehal, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Croix and Mouvaux. The two R and T lines have a common route between Lille and Croisé Laroche in Marcq-en-Barœul.