French train manufacturer Alstom has signed a framework agreement with Strasbourg’s Communauté des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS) for the delivery of 50 Citadis trams.
As part of the agreement, the company will deliver 12 trams worth €41m, which are expected to start service by the end of 2016.
With these trams, CTS will expand its fleet as part of the line A and D extension and will serve the Illkirch-Graffenstaden town centre.
The trams will be also operated on the cross-border line that connects the centre of Strasbourg, France, with Kehl, Germany.
Alstom Transport France managing director Ana Giros said: "Following an initial order for 41 Citadis trams in 2003, this new contract is confirmation of the trust, which the CTS has placed in Alstom and its Citadis solution.
"The trams in the Citadis range, which have been adopted by 46 cities worldwide, offer a combination of tried and tested basic techniques and flexible layouts to ensure reliability, comfort and customisation."
The 45m-long trams can accommodate 288 passengers and it will be equipped with LED lighting and full glass doors to provide better service.
Alstom said that the trams also offers accessible buttons for opening doors, wider seats and zones reserved for wheelchair users and pushchairs to meet the people with reduced mobility (PRM) decree.
Alstom will be constructing all these trams in France and the company has already received orders for more than 1,800 Citadis trams.
Image: Alstom-built Citadis trams. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.