Angers tramway

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Angers tramway
Citadis 302 Tramway de Angers 2011.jpg
Overview
Native name Tramway d'Angers
Locale Angers, Pays de la Loire, France
Transit type Tram
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 25[1]
Operation
Began operation 25 June 2011[1]
Operator(s) Keolis[2]
Technical
System length 12 km (7.5 mi)[1]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
System map
Tramway Angers - Ligne A (géographique).svg

The Angers tramway (French: Tramway d'Angers) is a single-line tramway in the French city of Angers in Pays de la Loire.

Opened on 25 June 2011,[1] Line A is operated by Keolis[2] and replaced some bus lines, with the buses redeployed throughout the rest of the metropolitan area. Alstom's APS ground-level power supply has been used on two parts of the line totalling 1.5 km[1] in order to avoid overhead lines in the centre of Angers and Avrillé. Angers is the second city using such system, after Bordeaux.

Timeline[edit]

  • April 2007: Works officially started.
  • April 2010: Delivery of the Citadis 302 trams
  • December 2010: Testing
  • January 2011: Operation of shadow service without passengers
  • 25 June 2011: Line A in service[1]


Line A: Avrillé-La Roseraie[edit]

The total budget for the first line, re-evaluated in 2008, is around €350m (€47m for the trams), up from the 2004 estimate of €250m.

Main features for Line A:

  • North-South connection across the metropolitan area, connecting Avrillé (third most populous town ) to La Roseraie (most populous district in Angers).[1]
  • Non-stop service from 5.30 AM until 0.30 AM (19 hours a day)
  • 12 kilometers (7.5 mi)[1]
  • 25 stations[1]
  • End to end journey time of 37 minutes;
  • Average speed of 20 km/h (13 mph)
  • 6 minute headways during peak hours.
  • an estimated 35,000 passengers expected daily.

As the line goes on both banks of the Maine, a new bridge was built to allow the trams to cross the river. It connects Angers' University Hospital Centre to Saint-Serge. This 270m bridge is accessible to bicycles and pedestrians as well as emergency vehicles.

Stations[edit]

  • Roseraie
  • Jean Vilar
  • Jean XXIII
  • Bamako
  • Létanduère-Strasbourg
  • Place Lafayette
  • Les Gares
  • Foch-Haras
  • Foch-Maison Bleue
  • Place du Ralliement
  • Place Molière
  • Saint-Serge Université
  • Berges de Maine
  • Hôpital-C.H.U
  • Capucins
  • Jean Moulin
  • Les Chalets
  • Verneau
  • Terra Botanica
  • Plateau de la Mayenne
  • Bois du Roy
  • Acacias
  • Avrillé-centre
  • Bascule
  • Avrillé-Ardenne

Advantages[edit]

  • Good public transport system for Avrillé (third town in the metropolitan area after Angers and Trélazé), bringing more life to the city centre and assisting with the development of new neighbourhoods
  • Connecting new districts: Plateaux de la Mayenne and des Capucins
  • Tram station close to Terra Botanica
  • Connecting important facilities such as the University Hospital Centre (4,500 employees and 3,000 visitors a day), Angers Saint-Laud railway station and the administrative city
  • The new bridge on the Maine is used by trams, bicycles and pedestrians between the hospital and the Gaumont Film Company studios.
  • A better connections to the Angers city centre and improved traffic flows
  • A more attractive city centre (including a larger pedestrian area)
  • Complementarity of different transport types around the central connection point, Angers Saint-Laud railway station and bus station
  • Connecting La Roseraie as part of the urban renovation of the district.

Drawbacks[edit]

  • No connection to the biggest campus of Angers in Belle-Beille, which is to be connected by Line B.
  • Line A passes through place du Ralliement, which will still be accessible for pedestrians, emergency and delivery vehicles as well as bicycles, but buses will not have access to it, nor will other tram lines.

Rolling stock[edit]

Angers Loire Métropole awarded Alstom a €47m contract to supply 17 Citadis 302 trams on 15 November 2006.[2]

Design of rolling stock[edit]

Design and personalization of the rolling stock is characterized by the front end "convergence" V-shape similar in form to a shield. The other major feature is the ubiquity of a rainbow sky, designed by the French agency RCP Design Global is found in the color scheme and interior design of the trams and other transportation in the city.[2]

The interior of the trams is marked by floral figures in different colors on the ceiling, white walls and green seats to reflect the geological layers of Anjou.[3]

Future service: Line B[edit]

The 15 km (9.3 mi) Line B will open in 2015. It will run from Beaucouzé, via the Atoll shopping centre and Belle-Beille University to the main railway station and Parc des Expositions (Saint-Sylvain-d'Anjou) through Monplaisir district.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Angers tram opens". Railway Gazette International. 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Mayor of Angers visits first tram". Railway Gazette International. 5 February 2009. 
  3. ^ (French) LAVAL, Patrick, Le deuxième Citadis à alimentation par le sol à Angers. Ville Rail & Transport, 04/2010.

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