Alstom hopes to identify opportunities for its Citadis tram family in Japan.

JAPAN: A memorandum of understanding to jointly assess business opportunities in the Japanese light rail and tram markets was signed on June 19 by Alstom and Japan Transport Engineering Co, the former Tokyu Car rolling stock business which is owned by East Japan Railway.

The companies are to undertake a one-year study of the opportunities to participate in the modernisation of existing networks, which Alstom said are mostly over 30 years old, as well as the development of new lines.

They also aim to identify opportunities for Alstom's Citadis tram family and catenary-free electrification technology to be used in Japan, and the development work which would be needed to meet Japanese standards.