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Alstom delivers first Citadis X05 tram for Grand Avignon

The first of 14 Citadis X05 trams that Alstom is building for the agglomeration community of Grand Avignon (communauté d’agglomération du Grand Avignon), which is centred on the city of Avignon in southern France, has now been delivered.

Each tram is 24 metres long, equipped with four double doors on each side and able to carry more than 140 passengers. It is based on the Citadis platform which has already been sold to more than 50 cities around the world, including 23 in France. The new Citadis X05 model has already been ordered by Nice (France), Sydney (Australia), Lusail (Qatar) and Caen (France).

Alstom Citadis X05 tram for the agglomeration community of Grand Avignon. (Alstom / Yves Ronzier)

With glass covering 40 per cent of the tram’s surface, passengers will have a good view from the new vehicles, which are assembled at Alstom’s La Rochelle plant and will be in service in summer 2019.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, president of Alstom France, said: “Alstom and its teams are proud to present this first tram which addresses the major transport issues of the Agglomeration Community of Grand Avignon. We always take great pleasure in showcasing the knowhow and technologies deployed by Alstom’s men and women, for our customers in France and around the world.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJ
Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://www.railengineer.co.uk
SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST. A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series. Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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