Lyon Citadis tram (Photo: Alstom)

FRANCE: Lyon transport authority Sytral has awarded Alstom a contract to supply a further 35 Citadis trams in support of its Destinations 2026 network expansion plan.

This €115m firm order announced on September 2 has been placed using an option under a 2018 framework agreement, and will take Sytral’s Citadis tram fleet to 142 vehicles ordered since 1998.

These latest batch will be identical to the 15 trams delivered in 2020-21 for routes T3 and T4. The 43 m long trams feature a redesigned nose offering better visibility and greater comfort for the driver, and have a capacity of 287 passengers, equivalent to four buses.

‘This order is a fine mark of confidence from one of our long-standing customers’, said Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom France. ‘With more than 140 Citadis trams planned to be in service, Lyon’s network is a real showcase for French and Alstom know-how.’