New Tram-Train begins service in France

New Tram-Train begins service in France

Alstom's innovative Citadis Dualis tram-trains have officially been launched on line T12 of the Île-de-France Mobilités network.

Alstom has built 25 of the latest-generation tram-trains, boast both the line speed of a train and the performance of a tramway and can seamlessly transition between the National Railway Network (between Massy and Épinay-sur-Orge) and the urban tracks (between Épinay-sur-Orge and Évry-Courcouronnes).

The new trams will run in the southern Paris area and will connect to the city’s RER network on the B,C and D lines once closer to the capital. The project has cost €295m and is part of a wider scheme  to improve transport links in the Greater Paris region, which includes the new Line V rail shuttle service between Massy-Palaiseau and Versailles Chantiers, which is replacing the current large RER C loop.

It will also connect eventually to the Greater Paris Express new Line 18, which is expected to be fully completed by 2030, with the first section completed earlier this year.

The T12 line is one of many lines which are using the Citadis Dualis tram-trains. The Dualis trams are part of the wider Citadis tram family which has sales of over 3,000 worldwide and are also in use in Loire-Atlantique on the western coast of France as well as in Lyon.

The production of the tram-trains is firmly rooted in France with Alstom's 16 sites across the country contributing to the project. These include its site at Valencienne which was responsible for the design, production, assembly, validation, and testing as well as further parts being develpped and manufactured at Le Creusot, Ornans, Petit-Quevilly, Villeurbanne, Tarbes and Saint Oeun.

In the Île-de-France region, a fleet of 77 Alstom Citadis Dualis trains, entirely funded by Ile-de-France Mobilités, are running across the region’s network and since 2017, 15 trains have been used on the T11 line.

Photo Credit: Alstom

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