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Tours receives first Alstom tramset

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The first Citadis tramset has been delivered to the French city of Tours.

Tours’ first tramset, which was built by Alstom at the company’s Reichshoffen site, was delivered to the city’s maintenance centre on September 28.

SITCAT, the transport union for the Tours metropolitan area, selected Alstom to supply rolling stock for its first 15km tramway line.

The contract, signed in September 2010, provides for the supply of 21 Citadis tramsets.

Each tramset is 43 metres in length and can carry over 280 passengers – the equivalent of five buses.

After Bordeaux, Angers, Reims and Orléans Val de Loire, Tours will be the fifth urban community in France to use a Citadis tramway with Alstom’s APS ground-level power supply system.

Approval testing for Tours’ first tramsets will start in November 2012, with commercial service set to begin in September 2013.

To date, more than 1,600 tramsets have been sold to nearly 40 towns and cities throughout the world.

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