Citadis X05 for Sydney

French rail manufacturer Alstom has been assigned to deliver and commission 30 coupled Citadis X05 trams for Sydney’s $2.1bn CBD and South East Light Rail project.

In December last year, Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Transport contracted the ALTRAC consortium, which comprises Alstom, Transdev, Acciona and Capella, for the construction of this light rail project.

Alstom will be also responsible for the power supply equipment, including APS ground power supply, signalling systems, the energy recovery system HESOP, depot equipment and maintenance.

"This project will transform Sydney and provide a step change in the city’s public transport capability and reliability."

Alstom Transport Asia Pacific senior vice-president Dominique Pouliquen said: "Alstom is very committed to Sydney’s transport network.

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"This project will transform Sydney and provide a step change in the city’s public transport capability and reliability while protecting the aesthetic appeal of the Central Business District."

With the support of permanent magnet motors and easier sub-system integration, Alstom Citadis X05 trains will be able to offer less energy consumption and reduced lifecycle costs.

Features of the vehicles include constant CCTV monitoring, emergency intercoms and the wayfinding aids for real-time passenger information.

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The consortium will carry out works, including the design, construction, services relocations, operation and maintenance of the project, as well as the operation and maintenance of the Inner West Light Rail network.

The project is expected to be completed in 2018 with services scheduled to start in early 2019.

Image: Citadis X05 for Sydney will offer double-doors for better passenger flows, large balcony-style windows, multi-purpose areas and ambient LED lighting. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.