Alstom to deliver 31 trainsets of its new Citadis Dualis
model to SNCF, for a total amount of 100 million euros
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This order is a world first for the completely new Dualis
model of tram-train developed by Alstom. Designed to meet the
need for greater fluidity between urban and suburban transport,
Dualis operates the link between a citys centre and its
suburbs, without the need for off-loading, by reconciling the
advantages of the train and the tramway.
Based on Alstoms Citadis tramway, the Dualis
version employs the fundamental elements that have contributed to
that models success: modularity, accessibility,
reliability. But Dualis goes even further as it is just as
capable of operating on a tramway network as on a regional rail
network thanks to adaptations incorporated in terms of power,
safety and comfort. This configuration makes it a highly
versatile means of transport: its tram build enabling it to run
through the city, while its performance as a train allows it to
transport passengers at 100km/h once on the outskirts of town,
without the need to change the means of transport.
The tram-train concept was initially developed in Germany,
where Alstom has put into service its Regio Citadis model, in
Kassel. The Citadis range therefore enables Alstom to respond to
the extension of tramway networks to city suburbs with Citadis
Dualis and to the penetration of regional lines into urban spaces
with Regio Citadis.
Developed at Alstoms Valenciennes site in France, the
first Citadis Dualis trainsets should enter service in January
2010 on the Nantes network and, in March 2010, on the Lyons
To date, 930 Citadis tramsets have been ordered by 24 cities
around the world and another 30 cities have a tramway project
scheduled for the next 3 years. Tramways are now well on their
way to becoming the urban transport solution of choice because
they make it possible to offer sustainable mobility, to rethink
and re-energize urban space, to preserve architectural heritage
and contribute to city growth.