Alstom is set to supply ten additional Citadis trams to the Bordeaux Metropole network in France as part of an optional order for the region’s Phase III project, which was originally notified in August 2011.

A total of 15 trams are currently being built as part of the order at Alstom’s site in La Rochelle, while 26 trams previously entered commercial service in 2013 and 2014.

The new order is valued at nearly €30m.

Alstom La Rochelle site manager François Papin said: “This order is excellent news for Alstom and in particular for the La Rochelle site.

"The entire fleet is set to comprise 125 Citadis units following the delivery of the latest order and will operate along the region’s 77km metro network."

“A total of 25 trams will be manufactured at our site in 2018 / 2019, with delivery scheduled for mid-2019.”

The new 44m-long trams will be identical to the previously ordered models and are to be built in line with the 15 trams currently under construction.

The entire fleet is set to comprise 125 Citadis units following the delivery of the latest order and will operate along the region’s 77km metro network.

All of the vehicles feature an APS ground-level power supply system, as well as air-conditioning, low-floors, video surveillance and an audio-visual information system.

Each of the units can accommodate between 218 and 300 passengers.

The trams will be manufactured at seven Alstom facilities in France, namely La Rochelle, Ornans, Le Creusot, Tarbes, Villeurbanne, Vitrolles and Saint-Ouen.

The company has sold more than 2,500 Citadis trams to 50 cities across 20 countries to date.