Alstom to supply 8 additional Citadis trams for Dublin
Alstom has to date supplied 40 trams for the Red and Green lines of the network and another 18 are currently being manufactured at Alstoms La Rochelle site (France), where the additional 8 trams will also be manufactured. With this new order, the Luas will comprise 66 forty-metre trams by early 2010. Alstom also maintains the trams and the network infrastructure.
Alstom, won the UK and Ireland Light Rail Award for innovation in October this year for its extension of the Red Line trams. To overcome the problems of passenger overcrowding, the RPA decided to take advantage of the modular concept of the Citadis tram design and asked Alstom to extend the shorter Red Line thirty-metre trams to forty metres. The 40% extra capacity provided by the tram extension project means that an extra 2000 people per hour are now able to ride on the line.
Including this order, 1180 Citadis have been ordered by 29 cities worldwide. Appreciated for its scaleability and design, Citadis has alerady carried 1.7 billion passagenrs and proven its reliability over more than 110 million de kilometres.
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With sustainable transport in mind, Alstom Transport develops and offers the most complete range of systems, equipment and services on the rail market. Alstom Transport is capable of managing an entire transport system, from rolling stock to signalling and infrastructure, as well as offering turnkey solutions. In 2007-2008, Alstom Transport's turnover was 5.5 billion and its orders increased by 39% over the previous financial year. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and has 26,000 employees.The company recruited 4,000 people worldwide in 2007, including 1.500 engineers and managers.
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