A PUBLIC enquiry began on December 12 for the planned extension of Paris tram route T1 from Saint-Denis to Asnières-sur-Seine, as part of the process leading to the Declaration of Public Utility.

Due to enter service in 2010, the 4·9 km orbital extension running west from Saint-Denis will serve the new Line 13 metro terminus at Asnières-Gennevilliers III which is expected to open in May 2008.

Total cost of the light rail project is €119m at 2000 prices, excluding the nine extra cars which will be funded by RATP.