FRANCE: The government announced on December 18 that it would be providing €450m to fund 99 urban transport projects with an estimated total cost of €5∙2bn. Including 15 light rail schemes totalling 81 km as well four metro lines with a combined length of 27 km, the projects are expected to create 50 000 jobs ‘very quickly’, according to Ségolène Royal, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development & Energy.
Local authorities were invited to submit projects that would encourage modal shift from the private car, foster sustainable development and improve connectivity. With the cost of individual projects ranging from €110 000 to €420m, the government will on average be providing 16% of total scheme cost, on the condition that work starts before December 31 2017.
To help complete funding packages, state-owned investment bank Caisse des Dépôts is making €5bn of ‘green growth’ loan funding available at a preferential interest rate of 1∙75%.
|City||Project||Total cost €m||Government contribution €m|
|Angers||Light rail Line B||245||25∙1|
|Aubagne||Val'Tram light rail||90∙6||18∙3|
|Bordeaux||New ticketing system||15∙1||1∙0|
|Caen||Conversion of Line 1 to light rail, Line 2||229∙8||23∙3|
|Grenoble||Extension of light rail Line A to Pont-de-Chaiz||30||3∙0|
|Guadeloupe||Excellence light rail project||219∙6||28∙2|
|Lyon||Metro Line B capacity enhancement||93∙3||12∙0|
|Lyon||Light rail Line T4 capacity enhancement||51∙5||1∙3|
|Lyon||Light rail Line T5 extension to René Cassin||27∙2||1∙8|
|Lyon||Metro Line D capacity enhancement||46∙7||3∙5|
|Lyon||Metro Line B extension to Hôpitaux Sud||420||6∙6|
|Lyon||Light rail Line T1 extension to Hôpitaux Est||179∙2||19∙0|
|Marseille||Light rail extensions to Capitaine Gèze and La Gaye||270∙7||29∙9|
|Montpellier||Light rail Line 1 extension to Sud de France station||40||3∙9|
|Nantes||Capacity enhancement at Commerce light rail stop||8∙5||0∙4|
|Nice||Light rail Line T3 extension to Saint-Isidore||65∙0||3∙5|
|Strasbourg||Light rail extension to Koenigshoffen||106∙4||8∙4|
|Strasbourg||Light rail extension to Schiltigheim||81∙7||6∙0|
|Toulouse||Light rail Line T1 extension to exhibition grounds||23∙8||1∙4|
|Toulouse||Metro Line B extension to Labège||373∙9||20∙5|