ALSTOM has announced that it will supply and maintain a fleet of 54 Citadis LRVs for the 41km light rail line between Haifa and Nazareth in Israel.

Together with Electra and Minrav, Alstom is a member of the consortium that signed a contract in February to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the new light rail line.

Alstom says that the project is worth €1bn and that its own share has a value of over €700m, which it expects to book at financial close in the first half of 2025-26. Alstom’s share includes a maintenance contract worth €140m.

Design and civil works on the Haifa - Nazareth project will be undertaken by Electra and Minrav. In addition to the supply of the LRV fleet, Alstom will be responsible for the design, engineering, supply, integration, testing and commissioning of the light rail system, including tracklaying, the electrification, power supply, signalling and communications systems, and depot equipment.

The completed line will be operated and maintained over a period of 21 years by a joint venture of Electra Afikim, Minrav and Alstom. The 41km line with 20 stops is expected to carry 120,000 passengers a day.

“This important project is another step in Israel's public transport evolution, and a real engine of growth for the entire northern region,” says Mr Eran Cohen, managing director of Alstom Israel.

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