Lyon’s public transport operator Syndicat des Transports de l’Agglomération Lyonnaise (Sytral) has ordered 11 Citadis trams from Alstom in France.

The €40m order is expected to increase the capacity of the T4 tram line of Lyon agglomeration’s tramway network.

Under the framework contract, Sytral may place additional orders based on its future requirements.

Deliveries of the new 43m-long trams are scheduled to begin from the end of next year.

All new vehicles will be identical in design to the 92 trams already operating on the Lyon network.

However, the front-end of the Citadis trams will be redesigned to meet the government agency’s STRMTG guidelines introduced in 2016.

Alstom France senior vice-president Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud said: “We are delighted to win this contract which presents a technical challenge: to develop the front-end of the tram while preserving the spirit of the original design.

“The new Citadis trams are expected to accommodate around 300 passengers each, equivalent to three buses.”

“This order demonstrates Alstom’s ability to offer tried-and-tested products, customised to meet the specific needs of its customers while complying with the regulations in force.”

The new Citadis trams are expected to accommodate around 300 passengers each, equivalent to three buses.

All low-floored vehicles will feature air-conditioning, a video surveillance system, as well as an audio-visual information system.

The vehicles will be designed and built at Alstom’s La Rochelle site, France, using 98% recyclable materials.

The company’s other French sites will also be associated with this contract. The Aix-en-Provence site will provide speed sensing equipment, Le Creusot will design the bogies, while the traction system equipment will be supplied by the Tarbes site.

Its Villeurbanne site will provide an on-board electronics and passenger information system, and the Valenciennes facility will be responsible for maintenance of equipment and supplies.