STRASBOURG city council and Strasbourg Transport (CTS) have awarded Alstom an eight-year, €250m framework contract for the supply of a minimum of 22 Citadis LRVs. The first order is for 12 vehicles, with 10 to follow in a second phase. Additional LRVs may be ordered during the life of the framework agreement to meet demand.

Delivery of the first batch of LRVs will start in March 2025 and the vehicles will enter service at the end of that year.

The Citadis LRVs will be 45m long, 2.4m wide and accommodate up to 286 passengers. They will have eight 1.3m-wide double doors per side and areas reserved for wheelchair users and pushchairs. The air-conditioned LRVs will be fitted with a dynamic passenger information system and CCTV.

The LRVs will be approved in accordance with German BOStrab regulations for cross-border operation into Germany.

Alstom says the new LRVs will reduce energy consumption by at least 20% compared with the existing CTS fleet, thanks to a new design of traction system, better management of air-conditioning and heating and 100% LED lighting. The LRVs will be 95% recyclable and 99% reusable.

The new Citadis LRVs are designed to require 30% less maintenance and will need fewer spare parts. Access to components has been improved and sensors will be fitted throughout the vehicles to facilitate remote diagnosis of equipment failures.

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