This is also the first Alstom tram to be delivered to the U.K. The tram was unveiled in Nottingham in the presence of Councillor and Lord Mayor Merlita Bryan, Phil Hewitt, chief executive of Tramlink Nottingham and Terence Watson, Alstom UK president.
The delivery is part of NET phase 2, a project to expand Nottingham’s tramway network with the construction of two new lines totalling 17.5 km and 29 stations. The expanded network will see trams depart from Nottingham Station to serve the south and southwest of the city, with the new Citadis showcasing a design adapted to the city.
The Citadis for Nottingham is 32 metres long and can carry up to 200 people at peak times. The 22 new Citadis trams are being built in Alstom’s facility in Barcelona. After extensive testing, five of the trams will join the existing fleet on Line 1 in mid-2014, before the rest of the Citadis fleet enters service on the expanded tram network.
Watson said “We’re delighted to be bringing our Citadis design to the U.K. for the first time and especially pleased that we’re able to do that in Nottingham where we’re also hard at work building the new tram lines for the city. Citadis for Nottingham has a distinctive look while also blending in with the existing fleet.”
Hewitt said “The delivery of the first of the new trams marks a significant milestone in the transformation of Nottingham's tram network. When they start to appear on Line One next year it will provide our existing customers with a real taste of what's to come as we move towards an even brighter future for NET."
As part of the Tramlink consortium, Alstom has also been awarded the contract to maintain the 22 Citadis trams, and is also maintaining the 15 trams already in service. Alstom is also building the two new lines, with associated overhead wires, track and signalling, with its JV partner Taylor Woodrow as part of the Tramlink Nottingham consortium.