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Avignon Tram Line Opens with Alstom Citadis X05 Trams

On 19 October 2019 Avignon’s first tramway opened to the public. Line 1 has ten stations over 5.2km. The tram line runs from Jean Jaurès to Saint-Chamand Plaine des Sports.

Avignon Tram Line Opens with Alstom Citadis X05 Trams
Elisabeth Borne, the former transport minister and current Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition, Renaud Muselier, President of Région Sud, Maurice Chabert, President of the Vaucluse Department, Patrick Vacaris, President of Grand Avignon, Cécile Helle, Mayor of Avignon, Jean-Marc Roubaud, President of Técélys and Jean-Baptist Eyméoud, President of Alstom France, all attended the inauguration ceremon.

Alstom Citadis X05 ‘Compact’ Tram for Avignon

The short version of the Citadis X05 is 24 metres long with four double doors on either side. The total capacity of each tram is just over 140 passengers. The trams are low-floor throughout to meet accessibility requirements.

Alstom says its design centres around giving passengers a pleasant travel experience. Features in this category include the large bay windows, which make up 40 percent of the tram’s shell. LEDs with diffusers produce soft lighting. The seats are large. Lastly, passengers will benefit from the modern information system and the air-conditioning unit.

The Citadis X05 has good environmental credentials as well. In addition to being highly energy-efficient and up to 99 percent recyclable, the fact that the parts are standardised means replacements are possible with minimal waste.

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