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Alstom has delivered the first of eight new Citadis trams to Dublin. This is part of a partnership with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the National Transport Authority (NTA) that will also see it extend 28 of the existing vehicles.
The first of the new trams, which was manufactured in La Rochelle, has been shipped to Ireland and then assembled at Transdev’s Sandyford depot. The first two new Citidas trams entered service on the 29th of July 2020.
The eight newly-ordered trams are 55 meters in length. The longest single unit Citadis trams in the world. It offers more capacity in order to support the demand in Dublin’s rush hour. Each of the 28 extended trams is 55 metres which are 25 metres larger than before.
Alstom has also agreed with TII and the NTA to fit its new eMapping technology to some of the Dublin’s new Tramway’s fleet. By the end of the year, four tramways in the city will be fitted with remote sensors that compile data on energy usage. Alstom and TII are aiming to reduce energy consumption on Dublin’s Tramways through a series of energy efficiency measures.
“Alstom’s tramways have served Dublin for over a decade, providing a reliable, efficient and comfortable service for the city’s commuters and visitors from all over the world. This brand new 55m tramway will create more space for passengers on Luas, and we are proud to be working with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Transdev to improve the service for everyone that uses it. Dublin was one of the first cities in the world to adopt Citadis tramways and now passengers rely on them in over 50 cities worldwide. With this brand new 55m tramway, the longest we have ever built, Dublin is leading the world again,” said Nick Crossfield, Managing Director, UK & Ireland.
Over 2,600 Citadis trams have been sold to over 50 cities in a total of five continents. They have now been in operation since the year 2000. This experience enables Alstom to innovate, offering greater comfort for passengers of the services and allows simplified commercial management for operators. Citadis is environmentally friendly, being up to 98% recyclable.
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