The first of six new maritime-inspired trams has been handed over to public transport operators in Marseille.
Bombardier is building six new low-floor Flexity Outlook trams for the city off the back of an earlier order for 26 vehicles in 2004.
The new seven-module tram will be able to carry 25 per cent more passenger compared to its five-module predecessor.
Bombardier has said that Marseille’s Flexity fleet has been specially designed to look more like a yacht than a tram, with what look like timber planks running along the sides.
Pierre Saracino, tram director of the Communaute Urbaine Marseille Provence Metropole, said: “Bombardier Transportation has convinced us with its flexibility.
“The extension project from five to seven modules was perfectly implemented in Marseille without additional tools and without affecting operation. Today we transport 261 instead of 200 passengers per tram.”