The first of 14 Citadis X05 trams that Alstom is building for the agglomeration community of Grand Avignon (communauté d’agglomération du Grand Avignon), which is centred on the city of Avignon in southern France, has now been delivered.

Each tram is 24 metres long, equipped with four double doors on each side and able to carry more than 140 passengers. It is based on the Citadis platform which has already been sold to more than 50 cities around the world, including 23 in France. The new Citadis X05 model has already been ordered by Nice (France), Sydney (Australia), Lusail (Qatar) and Caen (France).

Alstom Citadis X05 tram for the agglomeration community of Grand Avignon. (Alstom / Yves Ronzier)

With glass covering 40 per cent of the tram’s surface, passengers will have a good view from the new vehicles, which are assembled at Alstom’s La Rochelle plant and will be in service in summer 2019.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, president of Alstom France, said: “Alstom and its teams are proud to present this first tram which addresses the major transport issues of the Agglomeration Community of Grand Avignon. We always take great pleasure in showcasing the knowhow and technologies deployed by Alstom’s men and women, for our customers in France and around the world.”