Published on : Saturday, February 4, 2017
These trams are intended for the extension of lines A and D and will serve the city centre of Illkirch-Graffenstaden, which has undergone rapid development over the last few years. They will also run on the cross-border line linking the centre of Strasbourg to Kehl in Germany; these are the first trams in France to cross a border. The first technical and gauge tests concerning circulation on the German portion of line D start today with the new Citadis trams. Alstom is also responsible for the design and installation of the overhead contact line for the line D extension towards Kehl, as well as the laying of 300 metres of track on the Rhine Bridge.
“With a first order in 2003 and the signing of a framework agreement in 2014 which includes this new order, the CTS will own a total of 63 Citadis trams. The exterior design of the cabin was chosen by the passengers; the Strasbourg tram therefore proves that Alstom’s Citadis range can be based on tried-and-tested technology while being highly personalised,” says Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom in France.
The Citadis trams of Strasbourg will be the first approved by German Federal BoStrab regulations covering the manufacture and operation of trams in Germany. The trams will be 45 metres long with a capacity for 288 passengers. They will be fitted with LED lighting and full glass doors, enhancing passengers’ sense of comfort and security. To conform to the PRM (People with Reduced Mobility) decree, the trams are fitted with accessible buttons for opening doors, wider seats and zones reserved for wheelchair users and pushchairs.
The trams will be manufactured mainly in France: La Rochelle (design and assembly of the trams), Ornans (design and manufacture of the engines), Le Creusot (bogies for intermediate modules), Tarbes (elements of the traction chain), Villeurbanne (electronic equipment), Saint-Ouen (design) and at the Salzgitter site in Germany for the bogies fitted under the drivers’ cabins.