Sytral, the Public Transport Authority of Lyon ordered from Alstom 35 additional Citadis tramways as part of the “Destinations 2026” plan, which includes the introduction and extension of new tram lines.
With a valued of EUR 115 million, the order represents an option exercise under the framework agreement signed in 2018 for the supply of 43-metre-long Citadis trams, with an initial order for 11 trams for a total amount of over EUR 40 million.
The new Citadis trams will be identical to the 15 43-metre trains delivered in 2020 and 2021, running on the T3 and T4 lines, whose special feature is a redesigned nose for better visibility and greater driving comfort.
The new trams have a capacity for up to 287 passengers, the equivalent of 4 buses.
The Citadis tramways offer optimum on-board travel quality with an integral low floor, air conditioning, a video surveillance system, as well as audio and visual information. Up to 98% recyclable, Citadis helps to preserve the environment.
These new trams will be manufactured at seven Alstom sites in France. La Rochelle plant will be responsible for the design, assembly, testing and validation of the trainsets, Le Creusot for the bogies, Tarbes for some of the traction chain equipment, Aix-en-Provence for the tachometer, Valenciennes for the maintenance tools and supplies, and, in the Lyon metropolitan area, Villeurbanne for the on-board computer system and passenger information.
The authority’s fleet currently consists of 34 Citadis trams of 43 metres long and 73 trams of 32 metres long, operating on 6 lines. With this latest order, Sytral’s tram fleet will eventually reach 142 vehicles, making it one of the largest fleets in France. It has been ordered in several instalments since 1998, with a first commissioning in 2000.
Alstom and Sytral have a 40-year collaboration partnership. The French manufacturer “offered green, reliable, and comfortable mobility solutions that meet the expectations of Lyon’s passengers,” Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President, Alstom France said.