Alstom to provide Reims tramway maintenance for 30 years

On 26 March, Transdev subcontracted Alstom Transport to maintain the Reims tramway for a 30-year period, beginning as soon as the tram goes into service.

This contract, worth €93 million (1), involves the maintenance of rolling stock and fixed installations and includes routine, preventive and corrective maintenance, technical support, management of spare-parts stocks for the Citadis tramsets and the implementation of a major maintenance programme. It also involves maintaining the track and platforms, track installations, power supply and distribution equipment, catenaries, ground-level power-supply system (APS) and other electromechanical installations in first-rate condition.

Moreover, Alstom Transport is a 17% shareholder in the MARS(2) consortium and also represents the construction consortium. Alstom is providing a turnkey solution for the Reims tram project involving the design and production of rolling stock and all electromechanical systems, comprising 18 Citadis tramsets plus the rail track, signalling, electrical supply, catenaries and ticketing for the metropolitan area’s transport system. Reims’ Line 1 will be equipped with a ground-level power supply (APS system) for some two kilometres, technology that allows the tram to operate safely with a catenary-free system to preserve the city centre’s traditional appearance.

Reims’ Citadis trams are currently designed and assembled at the La Rochelle plant. Five other sites will also be involved in manufacturing the trams: Tarbes will provide electrical and electronic equipment for the traction systems, Ornans the motors, Le Creusot the bogies, and Villeurbanne and Saint-Ouen the onboard electronics. The 18 tramsets will serve 23 stations and cover 11.2 kilometres on Line 1. The Reims tram will go into operation in April 2011.

About Alstom Transport France
With operations at nine sites throughout France, Alstom Transport is the leading French train company, helping to sustain thriving local economies. Alstom’s 8,700 employees in France provide expertise to both French and international customers, and one job at Alstom creates some three jobs for its suppliers.

About Alstom Transport
Alstom Transport develops and offers the most complete range of systems, equipment and services on the rail market, with sustainable transport always in mind. The company is capable of managing entire transport systems, including rolling stock, signalling and infrastructure, and also provides complete turnkey solutions. In 2008-2009, Alstom Transport’s turnover was €5.7 billion and its orders increased by 9% over the preceding financial year. The company has a presence in over 60 countries and employs 27,000 people.

(1) The amount of this contract was included in the financial results of 2009-2010.
(2) MARS : Mobilité Agglomération Rémoise.

Auteur: Redactie Infrasite