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16.09.2010 9:25
Alstom to supply 21 Citadis tramsets to Tours metropolitan area
The contract is worth a total of €73 million.

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SITCAT, the transport union for the Tours metropolitan area (France), has selected Alstom to supply 21 Citadis tramsets and its wireless ground-level power-supply system. The contract is worth a total of €73 million.

The modular nature of Citadis meant that Alstom Transport’s Design&Styling teams were able to adapt the “Ensemble la ligne” line-package concept developed by the RCP design agency. The tramsets’ outer cladding will be mirror-like so as to reflect the surrounding urban environment. The front section expresses the general concept of a "cursor,” with two luminous vertical strips that rise up, aligned with the rails, as though the tramway were lifting them up as it moves forward.

The inside fittings are modern, fluid and comfortable, with lighting levels that are automatically raised or lowered depending on the light outside, with softer lighting in summer and warmer lighting in winter. Designed to offer optimal onboard quality of life plus maximum passenger comfort, Alstom’s Citadis trams feature platform-height floors, air conditioning, a CCTV system and onboard audio and visual information. Each tramset will be 43 metres in length and can accommodate over 380 passengers (the equivalent of five buses).

Alstom’s ground-level power-supply system is thoroughly consistent with the Tours project’s requirement that the urban environment and the region’s historical heritage be preserved. A third rail, recessed into the track, provides power to the tramsets, making it possible to do without catenaries over a distance of 1.8 km between Place Choiseul and Tours station and helping to protect the environment as well. Not only is the tramway 98% recyclable, but its composite materials and improved traction system mean that it consumes 10% less energy than a traditional tram. In Kwh per seated passenger, a Citadis consumes one-quarter the energy of a bus and one-tenth that of a car. Four times quieter than motor traffic, generating about five decibels less noise, it also improves a city’s quality of life.

TAGS: Tours | France | Alstom | wireless | power-supply | system 

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