December 19, 2016

Bordeaux opens light rail extension

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THE French city of Bordeaux opened a branch line extension to Line C of its light rail network on December 17.

The 7.2km branch line runs Cracovie via Bruges to Blanquefort in the north of the city and has six stations, two of which have park-and-ride facilities. The journey time from Blanquefort to Quinconces takes 25 minutes to Bordeaux Saint-Jean station 36 minutes.

The northern half of the extension parallels an existing mainline railway between Bruges and Blanquefort with LRVs and trains operating on parallel single-track lines. However, the two tracks might be integrated in the future to operate as a double-track line with LRVs running north of Blanquefort as a tram-train operation.

Alstom has supplied 26 Citadis LRVs which have a maximum speed of 70km/h to cope with the relatively long distance between stations which are more than 500m apart.

Alstom will supply another 15 LRVs to Bordeaux Métropole in time for the opening of Line D in late 2018 or early 2019. The 15-station Line D will run for 9.8km from an interchange with lines B and C at Quinconces to Le Bouscat, Bruges, and Eysines, where it will terminate at a 500-space park-and-ride station at Cantinolle. For more information on fleet orders and light rail projects subscribe to IRJ Pro.

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