Italy and France have activated the optional clauses in existing contracts with Alsom to call on the train builder to manufacture trains and trams in a deal worth around €344 million (£307 million). The lion’s share of that figure (€330 million) will be for the supply of five high-speed Pendolino EVO trains that will operate in Italy, where the 7-car trains will join the 17 units already connecting northeast Italy with the rest of the country.
The remaining €14 million (£12.5 million) will be released in Bordeaux, France, where the tram system there – Bordeaux Metropole – will receive five more 44-metre-long trams that will eventually run alongside the 25 already being constructed in Alstom's site in nearby La Rochelle.
The latest train building contract in Italy is for Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori and is part of the deal that it signed in 2015. The new Pendolino rolling stock will include the same features and technical specifications as the previously ordered compatible with the standards and regulations set out by the European Union, Interoperability Technical Specifications (TSI 2014). According to Alstom the trains have been built with the environment in mind, with reduced CO2 emissions and a modular design that enables it to be recycled easier than previous version, while regenerative braking systems generates energy through its optimised distributed traction system.
The trams ordered for Bordeaux Metropole will enables the city to handle the expected rise in passenger numbers when the fourth line on the networks open next year, when it will exten the line’s reach to 79 kilometres (49 miles). When all the Citadis trams enter operation, Bordeaux will have 130 Citadis running.
Speaking about the deal, Alstom’s site manager in the La Rochelle site said it was pleased that Bordeaux had put its trust in the company once again. “We delivered the first tram of the current order to our customer in May 2018, and the next four will be delivered and enter commercial service in September,” said François Papin.
The trams will be manufactured at six Alstom sites in France: La Rochelle for the design and assembly, Le Creusot for the bogies, Tarbes for the traction equipment, Villeurbanne for the on-board electronics, Vitrolles for the APS and Saint-Ouen for the design.
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