One of the most important joint projects of the Peugeot Design Lab, the Citadis tram, has finally become a reality with a cross-border mission of great importance at European level: to unite France and Germany.
In a joint effort by the Alstom Transport Design and Style department and Peugeot's ultra-design division, the new tram line will link the center of the French Alsace capital with the German town of Kehl (about 8 kilometers), and it will become a fast and efficient transport route between the two countries.
The launch of the first French cross-border tram is historic. The new trains will link two existing track lines that have been extended to Kehl, facilitating the daily transport of about 20.000 people who work between the two cities. The first will depart from the urban center of Strasbourg, while the second will depart from the commune of Illkirsch-Graffenstaden, south of the French city.
The new tram is part of the modernization process that the French city of Strasbourg wants to print on its urban center. Alstom has already delivered 12 of the 22 new Citadis trams ordered in an agreement with the Strasbourg Transport Company (CTS) signed in 2014.
In a vote launched on the Internet by CTS, 9.000 Internet users voted for the joint project of Peugeot and Alstom over others that were also presented. Most striking about the Citadis tram are its taut, modern lines, with a forward-sloping windshield that creates a fluid, streamlined profile. The movement of the body and the front wheels is inspired by that of the cars to give more agility to the whole.