The vehicles are being assembled at Alstom’s plant in La Rochelle, France. The 33m-long LRVs will operate in pairs, with a capacity of up to 450 people.

Due to open in 2019 the 12km line from Circular Quay to Central Station Kingsford and Randwick will have capacity to carry 13,500 passengers per hour to provide more reliable transport for commuters.

The LRVs feature double-doors for improved access, large windows, multi-purpose area, LED lighting, CCTV monitoring, emergency intercoms, real-time information and wayfinding aids as well as electrical braking, magnet motors, and sensor-based air-conditioning. Each vehicle is 98% recyclable at the end of its 30 year lifespan.

TfNSW is the first customer for the Citadis X05 LRV, which has subsequently been ordered by Nice, Paris, Caen and Kaohsiung. The first LRV was completed in May. Alstom will maintain both the rolling stock fleet and infrastructure.