Citadis light rail vehicles for Kaohsiung tramway

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Image: Alstom.

Alstom has received an order for 15 Citadis trams for phase two of the Kaohsiung light rail system in Taiwan.

Phase two, which is due to go into service in 2019, will extend the Circular Line tram system by 13.4 km.

The Citadis X05 trams will be built in France at Alstom’s La Rochelle site. While in service, the trams will utilise Alstom’s on-board energy storage system, allowing the vehicles to operate without overhead catenary between stations.

Ling Fang, managing director of China and East Asia at Alstom, said: “Alstom is proud to bring its leading tramway and infrastructure technologies to Taiwan.

“Once completed, the tramway line will provide a green transport solution to Kaohsiung residents and visitors who will be able to commute aboard a tram that is efficient, comfortable, and that blends perfectly into the cityscape.”

Thales has been awarded the contract to provide the signalling and associated systems.

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