The first part of the deal is worth €41m and comprises an order for 12 trams. The first tram will now begin dynamic testing while the other 11 Citadis cross-border trams will be delivered by May 2017.
The trams will be added to the existing fleet as part of the extensions to lines A and D in Strasbourg. The 3.9km extension of Line D from Aristide Brande to Kehl main line station will open in April.
The 45m-long trams have capacity for 288 passengers and are the first French trams approved under German federal BOStrab regulations covering the construction and operation of trams in Germany. They are equipped with LED lighting and full glass doors, wider seating and reserved areas for wheelchair users and passengers with strollers, in line with Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRM) regulations.
The trams are being designed and assembled at Alstom’s plant in La Rochelle, France.
- Vossloh Cogifer has provided track, points and crossings, and new signalling equipment for the 3.9km extension of Line D between Strasbourg and Kehl, which includes a new 290m-long bridge, across the Rhine. Vossloh developed and manufactured a new transition track, linking the grooved rail to the Vignole rail used on the bridge. The expansion joints can absorb 120 to 140mm of deck expansion.
The project also required modification to the Orbey – Briand tram yard to allow two-way operation. This in turn required an upgrade of the signalling system on this section by replacing relays with a computer CPU, which was integrated into the existing network.