Alstom’s Citadis is leading the tram market

23 June 2006  •  Author(s): Reinhard Christeller, Alstom LRV Product Marketing Director

By May 2006 Alstom’s order book for Citadis trams had recorded almost 800 units, of which 500 have already been supplied to cities around the world. Repeat orders from France, Spain and Ireland have proven the operator’s satisfaction with this modular product. With this overwhelming success, Citadis has made its way to becoming the largest series of low-floor trams ever ordered.

More than 6 years of experience have now been accumulated with customers as varied as Yarra trams in Melbourne, Australia, RET in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and RATP in Paris. A number of improvements and optimisations have been introduced in the product range to increase reliability and availability and thus make this brand even more satisfactory for operators and users and reduce overall operation and maintenance costs. A dedicated team in Citadis’ centre of expertise in La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast has scrutinised all aspects and worked out solutions. The result is benefiting both operators who already run Citadis trams and those who will get future supplies. One most striking result is that where it was initially thought that wheel life would be limited to about 200,000km, it now reaches 300,000km.

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