[IE] LUAS Cross City: Alstom’s Citadis trams arrive in Dublin

Seven 55-metre trams, purchased for €35 million by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), will run on the extension of the Dublin tram network as part of the LUAS Cross City transport project. They can carry up to 344 passengers. Once all seven trams have arrived from La Rochelle, they will be fully assembled at Alstom’s site in Sandyford, and then undergo safety testing and commissioning. They are expected to enter service in February 2018.

Title photo: older Citadis trams at Dublin’s Red Cow depot – Photo Alstom.

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“Seeing these fantastic Citadis trams arriving into Dublin was an incredibly proud moment for us at Alstom. It is another important milestone in our long and successful partnership with Transport Infrastructure Ireland. Dublin was amongst the first cities in the world to order our first tram in the Citadis range 15 years ago, and will now be the very first to try our longest model. We look forward to starting work on the final assembly and testing so that passengers in Dublin can enjoy these trams.” said Nick Phillips, Customer and Operations Director at Alstom UK&I.

Quite a lot of tram: 9-part Alstom Citadis no. 5027 in Dublin – Photo: Alstom

Following the successful delivery from La Rochelle, Dublin’s Alstom Citadis fleet will comprise 73 trams in total. Alstom also maintains the trams and the network infrastructure.

Railcolor: The new 9-part trams are 54.6 meters long, where the ones that already serve in the city measure ‘only’ 43 meters. Consequently, the new trams have more capacity; +60 persons. The Luas Cross City line, an extension of the Green Line, will be officially opened on 09.12.2017.