LAST MONTH saw the start of revenue services on the two light rail lines in the French city of Lyon. Inauguration ceremonies for the 18·7 km network were held on December 18, with Transport Minister Jean-Claude Gayssot participating, but public operation did not begin until January 2.

Costing Fr2·6bn, the light rail network has been built at around one-third of the cost per km of the latest rubber-tyred metro extension, the 2·4 km section of Line B from Jean Macé to Gerland (RG 10.00 p630).

Part of the city’s Lignes Fortes programme to develop 11 high-capacity public transport corridors, the two light rail lines start from Perrache station. After sharing a 600m common section across the Rh