Le Mans tram line

French train manufacturer Alstom has opened a second Citadis tram line in Le Mans, France, in a move to expand the city’s tram network and the Citadis fleet.

The new tram line aims to increase the 15.4km-long network to 19km and the fleet from 26 to 34 trams.

In 2012, eight new trams were ordered to operate on lines 1 and 2.

The 30m-long Le Mans Citadis trams have been modified by widening the seats, adding buzzers to the doors, display and an intercom, as well as improving handrails.

Alstom Transport Key accounts and local authorities director François D’Hulst said: "Setram has also upgraded the 26 trams already in service on the network, according to processes defined and deployed by Alstom, which provided logistics and parts.

"The city of Le Mans now has a fleet of 34 modern trams adapted to the specific needs of people with reduced mobility."

"The city of Le Mans now has a fleet of 34 modern trams adapted to the specific needs of people with reduced mobility."

Of the 11 Alstom sites in France, five of them took part in building the Citadis for Le Mans.

The La Rochelle plant designed and constructed the tram, while Ornans, Le Creusot, Tarbes and Villeurbanne sites offered motors, bogies, powertrain equipment and onboard IT respectively.

More than 1,800 Citadis trams have already been sold to 45 cities worldwide, 1,500 of which are currently in operation.

In August, a low-floor tramway was launched in Moscow, Russia, by TramRus, a joint venture between Alstom and Transmashholding.

Developed on the basis of the Citadis platform, the new tramway is capable of running at speeds of up to 75km/h and will be operated on tram service 17, which connects Medvedkovo with VDNKh metro station in Moscow.


Image: Alstom opens line 2 of the Citadis tramway in Le Mans, France. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.