AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales took delivery of first of 60 Citadis X05 trams that Alstom is supplying to operate on the CBD & South East Light Rail line in Sydney on August 1.

The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium has a A$2·1bn PPP contract to build, operate and maintain the light rail line. The consortium includes Alstom, Transdev Sydney, Acciona Infrastructure Australia and Capella Capital, in addition to three equity investors: John Laing, First State Super and Acciona Concesiones.

The first tram produced from the X05 family has permanent magnet motors, double doors for improved passenger flows, large ‘balcony style’ windows, LED lighting, CCTV, passenger intercoms and real-time passenger information. Final assembly is taking place at Alstom’s La Rochelle factory, and the trams are designed to have a 30-year life.

The five-section trams are intended to operate in 67 m long coupled pairs, offering capacity for 450 passengers.

A 2 km section of the 12 km route that is due to open in 2019 will be equipped with Alstom’s APS ground-level power supply to allow catenary-free operation. Alstom is also supplying signalling, power supply equipment, its HESOP energy recovery system and depot equipment.