Alstom has been awarded a contract worth €36 million by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to deliver 7 additional Citadis trams for the extension of the Dublin tram network as part of the LUAS Cross City transport project. The tramways will be delivered in 2017 from Alstom’s plant in La Rochelle, France.
"Alstom is very proud to be part of the successful LUAS network and the vital role it plays in the Dublin transportation system. Today is another landmark occasion between Dublin LUAS and Alstom. Dublin was amongst the few first cities in the world to order the new Citadis type tram fleet from Alstom. Today we see Dublin City again leading the way by ordering 7 new Citadis trams to assist with the additional capacity of the Luas Cross City Line extension", said Piers Wood, Managing Director Urban & Services, Alstom UK & Ireland.
Over the last 10 years the fleet supplied by Alstom has not only grown in size from the initial 40 trams, to a total of 66 trams, but Alstom has also extended the length of the earlier 30-meter Citadis trams to over 40 meters. The 7 newly ordered trams will be 55 meters long, the longest single unit Citadis trams in the world, to offer more capacity to support the high peak demand in Dublin’s rush hour. Alstom also maintains the trams and the network infrastructure.
More than 2,200 Citadis tramsets have been sold to 54 cities in the world and have been in operation since 2000. This experience enables Alstom to innovate, offering greater comfort for passengers and simplified commercial management for operators. Citadis is environmentally-friendly being up to 98% recyclable. A successful transport solution, tramways enable cities to develop sustainable mobility, rethink and modernise urban areas and enhance architectural heritage.