ALSTOM is to build 35 Citadis LRVs for Lyon Public Transport Authority Sytral as part of the Destinations 2026 plan that includes the opening of new light rail routes and the extension of others.

The order is worth €115m and is an option from a framework agreement signed in 2018. The LRVs will be manufactured at seven sites across France: La Rochelle for the design, assembly, testing and validation, Le Creusot for the bogies, Tarbes for some of the traction equipment, Aix-en-Provence for the tachometer, Valenciennes for the maintenance tools and supplies and Villeurbanne for the on-board computer and passenger information systems.

The deal has already been recorded in the late quarter of Alstom’s 2020-21 financial year.

The new LRVs will be identical to the 15 43m-long LRVs delivered in 2020 and 2021 that run on the T3 and T4 lines. These feature a redesigned nose for better visibility and greater driving comfort. Each tram can accommodate 287 passengers - the equivalent of four buses.

Sytral’s current LRV fleet that operates across six lines consists of 34 43m-long trams and 73 32m-long vehicles. When the new batch is delivered it will make it one of the largest fleets in France.

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