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Caen tramway opens

After 19 months of construction, the new 16.2km, tramway was opened at 11.30 on 27 July; service was free for the rest of the weekend. The tramway was opened six weeks early, despite the disruption to work sites caused by the gilets jaunes riots in January 2019. 20 out of 26 33m 100% low-floor Alstom Citadis 305 (1001-26) are in use on three lines running 05.45-00.30, with a 10 minute service on each planned for most of the day, requiring 144 drivers:

T1, Hérouville St-Clair-IFS Jean Vilar;

T2, Campus 2-Presqu'Íle;

T3, Cháteau Quatrans-Fleury College Hawking.

All lines operate through the city centre and T1 and T3 serve Gare SNCF. The depot and maintenance facility is at Fleury-sur-Orne. Service was to be boosted from 26 August, and the bus network re-organised to feed the new tramway from 2 September, when the schools re-opened after the summer holidays. 64 000 passengers/day are expected. A single ticket costs EUR 1.50 and is valid for transfer for 1h 15min. The tramway cost EUR 260M; the trams cost EUR 52M. The tramway replaces the 15.7km rubber-tyred TVR guided bus, dating from 2002, and abandoned on 1 January 2018, that carried 42 000 passengers/day.

29 July 2019

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