FRANCE: Greater Nice authority has awarded the Thaumasia consortium a €270m contract to build the 3⋅2 km underground section of Line 2 of the city’s tram network.

Thaumasia is led by Bouygues Travaux Publics and includes Solétanche Bachy, CSM Bessac and Systra, as well as local companies Colas Midi Méditerranée, SNAF Routes and Garelli.

The underground section under the city centre has four stations, including an interchange with Line 1 at Jean Médecin. Work is due to begin during the second half of 2014 for opening at the end of 2017.

Line 2 will run for 11⋅3 km from the port in the east to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and Nikaïa in the west, serving a total of 20 stops. It is expected to carry 140 000 passengers/day. The total cost of the project is €770⋅7m, of which the central government is providing €52⋅8m.