Alstom to supply 18 Citadis trams for Dublin
Saint Ouen, France – Ireland’s Republic Procurement agency (RPA) has chosen Alstom to supply 18 Citadis trams for Dublin’s light rail system, LUAS, in an order worth 51.2 million euros. 4 of the new trams are for the Red Line, 4 of others are for the Green Line, 8 are to facilitate the extension of the Green Line from Sandyford to Cherrywood and 2 are for the Docklands Extension. The contract also covers fixed price options to add more trams for Line Extensions as and when approved. For example, 5 new trams will be required for the proposed Citywest spur. The 40-metre-long low-floor trams will be built at Alstom’s Barcelona plant. Delivery commences December 2008 and will proceed at a rate of two per month.
Irish Minister for Transport Mr. Martin Cullen T.D. was at the LUAS Red Cow Depot on Tuesday April 17th 2007 to witness the signing of the contract between RPA and Alstom. During his visit, the Minister saw at first-hand the first of the lengthened Red Line trams being prepared for service. This project will see the extension of all 26 Red Line trams from 30m to 40m and will result in increasing the capacity of individual Red Line trams by 40%. The first of the new 10-metre modules have arrived in Ireland from Barcelona, and are being fitted to the trams at the Red Cow Depot. The first of the modified trams will go into service in May 2007.
Currently more than 930 Citadis trams have been ordered by 24 cities worldwide. They have transported more than 1 billion passengers, demonstrating their reliability over more than 80 million kilometres in operation, confirming the success of this model recognised for its modularity and design.