Citadis Tram Lyon

Alstom has received a €20m order to deliver seven Citadis trams to Sytral (Syndicat des Transports de l’Agglomération Lyonnaise), the transport authority of Lyon, France.

The new order is an exercise of an option on a €33m contract signed in 2011 for ten trams.

The new light-rail vehicles (LRVs) will add to the existing fleet of trams operating on the 61km network.

Since 1998, Sytral has ordered 92 Citadis LRVs and owns one of the biggest tram fleets in France.

"This new order is undeniable proof of the trust placed by our historic client in Alstom’s Citadis."

The new low-floor Citadis trams will be identical to those in operation on line T3.

The 43m-long trams will have a capacity to carry 400 passengers and be equipped with air-conditioning and CCTV.

Alstom France senior vice-president Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud said: "This new order is undeniable proof of the trust placed by our historic client in Alstom’s Citadis.

"The Sytral can be sure of using high-quality, tried and tested material as it benefits from a return of experience of over 2,000 Citadis sold to 50 cities worldwide."

The LRVs will be assembled at the company’s La Rochelle plant in France, with motors delivered from Ornans, bogies from Le Creusot, traction equipment from Tarbes, electronics from Villeurbanne and design work carried out at Saint-Ouen.

In October 2012, Alstom delivered the first of 12 high-capacity Citadis bidirectional trams to Sytral and in November that year they replaced the existing 32m vehicles on the T3 Line to provide additional capacity on the 14.6km route from Part-Dieu to Meyzieu.

These trams are around four times quieter than car traffic, generating noise levels that are 5dBA lower.

The Citadis trams operate at an average speed of 70km/h and are capable of running on multiple electric power systems with or without overhead cables.

At the end of last year, Sytral revealed details of its €1bn 2015-2020 investment plan, which aims to increase system capacity over the next six years.

Image: The seven new Citadis trams are in addition to the ten ordered in 2011. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.