France’s Bordeaux Metropole has ordered five additional Citadis trams, along with the previous contract for 25 trams, which are currently being built at Alstom’s facility in La Rochelle.

The new 44m-long trams, placed under a €14m contract, will have similar characteristics to those previously ordered and are expected to be deployed in the city of Bordeaux for operations from the next year.

Capable of accommodating up to 300 passengers, each of these low-floor vehicles is equipped with air conditioning, video monitoring system and audio-visual information facilities.

“We delivered the first tram of the current order to our customer in May 2018 and the next four will be delivered and enter commercial service in September.”

All Bordeaux Citadis trams feature ground-level power supply system APS and other equipment to reduce energy consumption.

Alstom site manager in La Rochelle François Papin said: “We are very happy that our historic customer Bordeaux Metropole has once again placed its confidence in us.

“We delivered the first tram of the current order to our customer in May 2018 and the next four will be delivered and enter commercial service in September.”

The Bordeaux tramway system comprises three lines and serves nearly 280,000 passengers daily. The fourth line of the system, which will increase the total length of the network to 79km, is scheduled to open next year.

Bordeaux Metropole has a total fleet of 130 33m-long and 44m-long Citadis trams, procured in four order tranches since the year 2000.

All Bordeaux Citadis trams feature ground-level power supply system APS, which has also been incorporated into the tramway systems of cities such as Reims, Angers and Dubai.

While the trains will be built at La Rochelle, Alstom’s Le Creusot facility will supply bogies, Tarbes will provide traction equipment, while the Villeurbanne and Vitrolles sites will be responsible for on-board electronics and APS respectively.