January 26, 2015

Bordeaux opens light rail extensions

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BORDEAUX added another 6.4km to its expanding light rail network on January 24, when the city's mayor Mr Alain Juppé inaugurated two extensions in the north and west of the city.

The 2.8km three station northern extension of Line C from Berges du Lac to Parc des Expositions serves the city's convention centre and the New Bordeaux Stadium, which is due to be completed later this year. The extension included construction of a new depot at La Jallére, which accommodates up to 26 LRVs.

Meanwhile Line A has been extended 3.6km west from Mérignac Centre to Le Hallain Rostand with four new stations. The extension includes two park-and-ride stations providing over 600 parking spaces.

The two extensions are part of the €1.05bn Phase 3 expansion of the network, which will add 33km of new lines to the 44km already in operation, including a new Line D and the Tram-Train du Médoc project.

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