Alstom delivered the first of eight new Citadis trams to Dublin as part of its partnership with the Transport infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the National Transport Authority (NTA). A total of 26 more tram vehicles will also be expanded.
The first of the new trams produced in La Rochelle were shipped to Ireland and delivered to Transdev's Sandyford Workshop. Up to 98% recyclable trams are designed as the longest Citadis tram with a length of 55 meters.
The eight newly ordered trams will be 55 meters long, the world's longest single-unit Citadis trams, offering more capacity to support demand in Dublin's rush hour. Each of the 26 extended trams will be 55 meters (currently 43 meters).
Alstom also agreed with TII and NTA to fit the new eMapping technology into some of Dublin's tram fleet. By the end of the year, four trams in the city will be equipped with remote sensors that collect data about energy use. Alstom and TII aim to reduce energy consumption in Dublin trams with a range of energy efficiency measures.
“Alstom's trams have been serving Dublin for more than a decade and offer reliable, efficient and comfortable service for the city's passengers and visitors from all over the world. This brand new 55m tram will create more space for passengers in luas and we are proud to work with Transport infrastructure Ireland and Transdev to improve service for everyone who uses it. Dublin was one of the first cities in the world to adopt Citadis trams, and now travelers rely on them in more than 50 cities worldwide. "Dublin is leading the world again with the longest 55-meter tram we have ever built," said Nick Crossfield, Managing Director of England and Ireland.
More than 50 Citadis trams were sold to more than 2.600 cities on five continents. They have been operating since 2000. This experience allows alstom to innovate by offering more comfort for passengers and simplified commercial management for operators. Citadis is environmentally friendly and can be recycled up to 98%.