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April 18, 2018

Vossloh completes rail audit of Le Havre tram network in France

Rail technology company Vossloh has completed a track rail infrastructure audit of Le Havre's entire tram network, which is operated by Transdev subsidiary Compagnie des Transports de la Porte Océane (CTPO).

Rail technology company Vossloh has completed a track rail infrastructure audit of Le Havre’s entire tram network, which is operated by Transdev subsidiary Compagnie des Transports de la Porte Océane (CTPO).

The audit, undertaken to assess the condition of the tracks, uses the latest measurement and testing technology along with high-performance analysis software produced by Vossloh.

CTPO contracts and technical project manager Eric Lang said: “On a day-to-day basis, the network’s quality is assured by our own maintenance technicians. But after five years of operation, and in order to obtain a precise and global analysis of the rails’ condition, we have decided to work with Vossloh’s expert teams.”

“We inspected all of the 52km of rail during the short night shifts and digitally recorded the rail defects or parameter deviations.”

Auditing was carried out throughout the tram network, during which Vossloh teams from France and Germany conducted differentiated diagnoses of the rails and track conditions.

Vossloh project manager Emmanuel Ettighoffer said: “To be able to inspect all of the 52km of rail during the short night shifts and digitally record the rail defects or parameter deviations, we had to plan the simultaneous deployments of the teams as precisely as possible.”

The results of the audit confirmed the assessment made by CTPO that the track is in good condition.

CTPO intends to apply measures recommended to improve the maintenance cycle and also make more effective use of budget allocated for the maintenance.

On an average day, 19 to 22 trams operate on this standard-gauge, dual-track Le Havre network. The network comprises two tram lines with 23 stops.

At peak period, the trams operate on a three minute frequency on the network’s main section.

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