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Le Havre tram

Delivery date: 2012 - Client: CODAH


Creation of Le Havre’s first tram line.
13 km Y-shaped line, linking the lower town to the Mont-Gaillard and Caucriauville districts in the upper town.
Major environmental commitment from CODAH, through its request for innovative systems to reduce the tram's power consumption.

Services performed

  • Sizing, design, provision, installation and validation of motive equipment, including a regenerative braking system. This was the first time such a system was installed on French trams. 
  • Installation of 35 km of overhead contact line, seven power substations and a ventilation and smoke extraction system for the Jenner tunnel.

Technical Details

Overhead contact line:

  • 35 km of 150 mm² contact line
  • 69 H poles at the Maintenance Centre
  • 556 slim cylindrical poles on line
  • Work in low-clearance tunnel


  • Validation of the design basis for the motive power network and optimisation of the energy recovery system design.
  • Seven rectifier stations
  • Fittings in the Maintenance Centre.
  • Three energy recovery systems
  • LV equipment in 23 passenger stations
  • Smoke extraction for the Jenner tunnel:
  • 3D smoke extraction simulation
  • 10× 40 kW booster fans


3D smoke extraction simulation
Simulation and optimisation of the electric motive power network
3 ESS energy recovery modules: first French tram line equipped with an energy recovery system.


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