The 42m-long tram-train was delivered in two sections to the T13 Versailles Matelots depot at the south end of the line, where it will be assembled.  

The remaining 10 sets are currently being manufactured at Alstom’s site in Valenciennes, and are expected to be delivered by the summer, at a rate of around one or two trains per month. 

The new tram-trains have capacity for 250 passengers, including 95 seated, and are equipped with passenger information screens, air-conditioning and 36 USB sockets. 

The tram-trains can operate using 750V dc and 25kV ac electrification, enabling them to operate on the Grande Ceinture Ouest (GCO) suburban line between Saint-Cyr-l'Ecole and Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and on dedicated urban tracks in Saint-Germain-en-Laye between Lisière Pereire and Saint-Germain-en-Laye.  

The tram-trains, worth a total of €68.8m, were ordered by IdFM and SNCF Transilien under a 2007 framework contract between the French regions and Alstom for up to 200 Citadis Dualis vehicles. The fleet is fully funded by IdFM. 

Line T13 

Line T13, which will connect St Germain-en-Laye and St Cyr l’Ecole in western Paris, is now due to be commissioned in June 2022, following delays caused by coronavirus restrictions.  

Work on the project was restored following suspension during the first lockdown in March 2020, with the implementation of additional measures to minimise the risk of infection. Construction is now expected to be completed between June and September. 

The new tram-trains will have capacity for 250 passengers/ © IdFM

The line will be operated by Transkeo, a subsidiary of French National Railways (SNCF), in which Keolis owns a 51% majority share. The line will offer an end-to-end journey time of 30 minutes and will operate at a frequency of every 10 minutes during peak hours, and every 20 minutes off-peak, serving around 20,000 passengers per day. 

The line will interchange with Regional Express Network (RER) lines A and C, commuter lines L, N and U, and various local bus routes. 

For detailed data on light rail projects and fleet orders from around the world, subscribe to IRJ Pro.