On April 20 the French city of Nantes announced a contract worth ’under Ecu50m’ for 23 all-low-floor trams to the Adtranz Incentro design, with an option for four more. The first order for the ’modular product platform’, delivery is scheduled for the first half of 2000.

The chosen configuration is 36·4m long by 2400mm wide with six double doors on each side. The air-conditioned interior will have seats for 76 passengers and standing room for another 183.

The order endorses the Adtranz decision last year to establish a presence in France (RG 10.97 p639). Fabien-Ghislain Arveux, President of Adtranz France, said ’we are delivering our customer a proven design solution supporting fast delivery and greater reliability’. He added that ’French companies shall be given the opportunity to supply some equipment, thus benefiting from the European supply dimension of Adtranz’. o