Lille Metro

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This article is about the rapid transit system in Lille. For the city's metropolitan area, see European Metropolis of Lille. For the larger metropolitan area including cities in Belgium, see Eurometropolis Lille–Kortrijk–Tournai.
Lille Metro
Lille Metro Logo.svg
CHR Oscar-Lambret métro de Lille Métropole 2.JPG
Oscar Lambret metro station
Overview
Native name Métro de Lille
Locale Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 2[1]
Number of stations 60[1]
Daily ridership 271,230 (2011)[2]
Annual ridership 99 million (2011)[2]
Website Transpole
Operation
Began operation 1983[3]
Operator(s) Transpole
Technical
System length 45 km (28 mi)[1]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
System map
Map of Lille metro lines 1 and 2.svg
Lille Metro
   Line 2   
CH Dron depôt
CH Dron
Bourgogne
Pont de Neuville
Phalempins
Colbert
Tourcoing - CentreLille tramway
Tourcoing - Sébastopol
Carliers
Mercure
Canal de Roubaix
Alsace
Gare - Jean-LebasSNCF
Roubaix - Grand-Place
EurotéléportLille tramway
future Line 3
Roubaix - Charles-de-Gaulle
Épeule - Montesquieu
Croix - Mairie
Saint-Philibert depôt
Croix - Centre
Saint-Philibert
Wasquehal - Hôtel de Ville
Wasquehal - Pavé de LilleLille tramway
Bourg
Jean-Jaurès
Maison des Enfants
Mitterie
A 22
Pont Supérieur
Les Près
Lomme - Lambersart
Canteleu
Fort de Mons storage
Bois Blancs
Fort de Mons
Canal de la Deûle
Mairie de Mons
Port de Lille
Mons Sarts
Cormontaigne
Saint-Maurice - Pellevoisin
Montebello
Gare Lille EuropeLille tramway Lille tramway SNCF
Gambetta
République - Beaux-Arts
Wazemmes
Rihour
Porte des Postes
Gare Lille FlandresLille tramway Lille tramway SNCF
connection between lines
Mairie de Lille
Porte d'Arras
Lille Grand-Palais
Porte de Douai
future Gare de Lille-
Saint-Sauveur
SNCF
Porte de Valenciennes
SNCFCHR Oscar-Lambret
Caulier
CHR B-Calmette
Fives
Jeanne de Flandre
Eurasanté
Marbrerie
Hellemmes
Lezennes
Pont de BoisSNCF
Villeneuve-d'Ascq
Hôtel de Ville
RN 227
Triolo
Cité Scientifique
Quatre Cantons
Quatre Cantons depôt
   Line 1   

The Lille Metro (French: Métro de Lille) is a driverless metro located in Lille, France. It was opened on 25 April 1983 and was the first to use the VAL (French: véhicule automatique léger, English: light automated vehicle) system. This VAL system was the first fully automated driverless metro of any kind in Europe.[4] The metro is made up of 2 lines that serve 60 stations, and runs over 45 kilometres (28 mi) of route.[1]

The metro forms part of a multi-modal public transport system covering the Lille metropolitan area, along with buses and trams, operated under the Transpole brand.

History[edit]

In the 1960s the decentralisation of the city of Lille was considered; some towns of the Lille region were isolated and were poorly served by existing public transport, while the centre of Lille was congested with traffic and buses. The decentralisation resulted in the creation of the Public Establishment of Lille East development (EPALE) in 1968. In the 1970s, a plan for a proposed four line metro system was developed, favouring the VAL system over conventional rail systems.

Construction started in 1978, and the first section was opened on 25 April 1983 between Quatre Cantons ("Four Townships") and République. On 2 May 1984 line 1 was completed, with a length of 13.5 kilometres (8.4 mi) (8.5 kilometres (5.3 mi) underground), linking CHR B Calmette (centre hospitalier régional: "regional hospital centre") to Quatre Cantons via Gare de Lille Flandres. All 18 stations have doors between the platform and the train.

Line 2 opened on 3 April 1989 and it reached CH Dron (centre hospitalier: "hospital centre") near the Belgian border on 27 October 2000. It is 32 kilometres (20 mi) long with 43 stations.

Line 1 extension and the creation of a second line[edit]

While line one opened in April 1983 between 4 Cantons and République; it was extended, with the extension from République and C.H.R. B Calmette opening on the 2nd of May 1984. The cost of opening the first line in both its phases cost in excess of 2 billion Francs.

Construction of line two began in April 1985. A depot was opened on the second line at Villeneuve d'Ascq, after the terminus of the line Saint Philibert in Lomme. Line one became operational in late 1988 with testing being carried out for four months. In 1989, COMELI which runs the metro merged with COTRALI which runs the bus and tram networks merged creating a unified public transport body

The section between Lille and neighbouring towns of Roubaix and Tourcoing was built and opened in four stages. The first extension was inaugurated on 5 May 1994K; the underground section has a length of 500 metres and connects the Euralille business area to the rest of Lille.

The third part is the longest to be opened, making about 13 km. It became operational in March 1999 and commissioned on 18 August that year. This section goes through the towns of Villeneuve d'Ascq, Wasquehal, Cross, Roubaix and stops in downtown Tourcoing. Though the route is mainly underground, the metro runs on a 1.3 km viaduct between the stations of Fort Mons and Jean-Jaures. The final section was inaugurated on 27 October 2000 by Prime Minister Lionel Jospin.

Plans for third and fourth lines[edit]

While a system of four lines was initially planned in the 1970s only two lines have been built. Lille Métropole Urban Community (now names CUDL) indicates in its urban transport plan (PDU) adopted in June 2000 that 'the subway construction cost does not allow new achievements'. In 2003 a third line was estimated to cost €810 million; a cost considered prohibitive so the city explored surface networks instead; making investments in its bus and tram systems. In 2010, the vice president of urban transport, Eric Quiquet confirms this decision by stating that the LMCU 'plans no more new metro lines' and that 'the priority is the development of the network of buses, urban tramway, the tram-train'.

Operations[edit]

VAL tracks on the system.

Line 1 is 13.5-kilometre (8.4 mi) long (8.5 kilometres (5.3 mi) of which is underground) and serves 18 stations.[5]

Trains are 2 metres (78 34 in) wide and 26 metres (85 ft 3 58 in) long (composed of permanently coupled two-car sets), and are rubber-tyred. Platforms are 52 metres (170 ft 7 14 in) in length (though only half of the platform length is currently open to the public), long enough for two units. Each unit can carry 156 passengers.

The metro operates from 5:00 a.m. until midnight, with trains every 1½ to 4 minutes (every 66 seconds during rush hour), and every 6 to 8 minutes early mornings and evenings.[6] On Sundays there is a train every 2 to 6 minutes.[6] A one-way ticket costs €1.50.[7]

Planned capacity expansion[edit]

Since January 2013, work to double the capacity of Line 1 has been ongoing. The platforms are being lengthened to be used with new 52 metres (171 ft) long trains built by Alstom. This expansion should be complete in autumn 2017.[8] The former VAL 208 of the first line will then be transferred to Line 2 to increase its passenger capacity as well.[9]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Les chiffres clés" [Key figures] (in French). Transpole. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Les chiffres de fréquentation Transpole 2011" [The figures of frequentation Transpole 2011] (in French). Lille Transport - Parlons mobilité. February 11, 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Qui sommes-nous? - Notre Histoire" [Who are we? - Our History] (in French). Transpole. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  4. ^ Bushell, Chris, ed. Jane's Urban Transport Systems 1995-96. Surrey, United Kingdom: Jane's Information Group; 1995. p178, 472
  5. ^ "De 26 à 52 métres : un métro deux fois plus long pour une capacité de transport renforcée" [From 26 to 52 meters: a subway twice as long for increased transport capacity] (in French). Lille Metropole Communauté Urbaine. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Les lignes de métro" [The lines of the metro] (in French). Transpole. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  7. ^ "Les titres occasionnels" [The occasional (titles)] (in French). Transpole. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  8. ^ "Nouvelle ligne 1: Alstom entame la modification des rames" [New Line 1: Alstom starts the modification of trains] (in French). Lille Metropole Communauté Urbaine. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  9. ^ "La nouvelle ligne 1 : plus de de fluidité, plus de confort, plus de services" [The new line 1: more fluidity, more comfort, more services] (in French). Lille Metropole Communauté Urbaine. Retrieved 2015-06-26. Menés entre 2013 et 2017, ces travaux répondent à la hausse constante du trafic de la ligne 1. Ils visent à anticiper sa saturation future, par une augmentation de sa capacité de transport. [Carried out between 2013 and 2017, these works respond to the constant increase in traffic on line 1. They aim to anticipate its future saturation by increasing its transport capacity.] 

External links[edit]

Media related to Lille Metro at Wikimedia Commons