ATTIKO Metro has commenced using 25 Alstom Citadis X05 LRVs on the Athens light rail network.

The 70km/h five-section 33.42m-long LRVs were ordered by the urban transport authority of Athens under a €55m contract placed in August 2018. They have a maximum capacity for 294 passengers. Deliveries began in September 2020.

The LRVs are fitted with double doors along their entire length to improve accessibility. They are equipped with LED lighting, 20% more glass surface, optimised air-conditioning and ventilation system as well as travel information on large screens via a telematic system.

Daily ridership is expected to be more than 60,000 passengers and the new LRVs will operate alongside the existing 35 AnsaldoBreda Siro LRV fleet.

Alstom is also responsible for on-site testing, training and three-year warranty services for the new LRVs, as well as supplying spare parts.

“Despite the pandemic, we managed to deliver these trams on time, and we are very proud of that,” says Mr Stavros Vlachos, Alstom Greece managing director.