On 9 April it was announced that Shanghai Songjiang Tramway Investment & Operation Co has awarded a EUR72m contract for 30 low-floor trams to the Shanghai Alstom Transport (SATCO) joint venture of Shanghai Rail Traffic Equipment Development Co (60%) and Alstom (40%). The Citadis trams will be used on the first two tramlines in the Songjiang suburb of China’s largest city, Shanghai.
Alstom’s Le Creusot manufacturing facility will supply the vehicles’ bogies, Tarbes technical support for the power modules. La Rochelle will provide control and monitoring software and Villeurbanne the hardware, while the firm’s Sesto facility in Italy will provide technical support for the traction inverters. Bodyshell manufacture and final assembly will take place in China by SATCO.
The first two lines of the planned six-line network are scheduled to open by 2017, with the other four complete by 2020. The two lines will have a total length of 31km (19 miles) with 42 stops, and are predicted to carry 173 000 passengers/day.