Lyon Metro Line B
|Native name||Ligne B|
|Rolling stock||MPL 75|
|Line length||7.7 km (4.8 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Average inter-station distance||625 m (2,051 ft)|
|Public transport in Lyon|
Line B (Ligne B) is a line on the Lyon Metro that runs between Charpennes and Gare d'Oullins. It was constructed using the cut-and-cover method, and went into service on May 2, 1978. Together with Line A, it was one of the inaugural lines of the Lyon Metro. It has since been extended three times: from Part-Dieu to Jean Macé in 1981, from Jean Macé to Stade de Gerland in 2000, and from Stade de Gerland to Oullins railway station in 2013. The line serves 10 stations, and is 7.7 kilometres (4.8 mi) long. Line B trains run on tires rather than steel wheels; it is a rubber-tired metro line.
List of the stations
- Charpennes - Charles Hernu (transfers: metro A, trams T1, T4)
- Gare Part-Dieu - Vivier Merle (transfers: SNCF, trams T1,T3,T4, Rhônexpress)
- Place Guichard - Bourse du Travail
- Saxe-Gambetta (transfer: metro D)
- Jean Macé (transfers: SNCF, tram T2)
- Place Jean-Jaurès
- Debourg (transfer: tram T1)
- Stade de Gerland
- Gare d'Oullins (transfer: SNCF)
- 2 May 1978: Charpennes - Part Dieu
- 14 September 1981: Part Dieu - Jean Macé
- 4 September 2000: Jean Macé - Stade de Gerland
- 11 December 2013: Stade de Gerland - Gare d'Oullins
Line B was extended a few kilometres southbound from Stade de Gerland to Oullins railway station. A tunnel had to be built under the Rhône River. This extension opened on 11 December 2013 at 2pm (11/12/13, 14:00).
By 2023, Line B will be extended from Gare d'Oullins to Hôpital Lyon Sud (South Lyon Hospital). This extension will be long of 2.5 kilometres and will create two new stations: The first is "Oullins Centre" (city center of Oullins) and the second is "Hôpital Lyon Sud" (South Lyon Hospital).
On the occasion of this extension by 2023, the line will be automated with the same system as Line D and equipped with new rolling stock named MPL 16 and ordered in 2016 to Alstom. The current MPL 75 trains will join the others MPL 75 of Line A to increase the capacity.
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