A modern public transport system for Le Havre

For the first time Le Havre will benefit from a tramline which will serve the lower part of the town, including the area around the station, the beach and the Hôtel de Ville.  The 13 km line will be ‘Y’ shaped and comprise 23 stations running along a western and eastern branch.

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The tramline will make the city more accessible, revitalise the transport network and encourage social cohesion. It will also help to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.

Helping Le Havre flourish

The community of the agglomeration of Le Havre has taken a global approach to modernising its public transport network. The project to build the new tramway has three key objectives: to improve the population’s mobility from socially challenged areas of the town to areas of employment; to develop viable alternatives to car usage; and to support urban re development in five key areas of the commune through an efficient public transport network.

The quarters of Mont-Gaillard, in the North West and Caucriauville in the North East, are prioritised in the town’s development policies, along with the southern sector.

While the result will help social inclusion and mobility, the construction phase itself will boost employment in the town: an estimated 1 570 people will be needed over the first year. Once up and running the tram will create 85 jobs.

What’s involved?

The line’s ‘Y’ form will help to serve the lower part of town by passing through the town centre, the area around the University and the station and the northern quarters of Le Havre. It will start in the South West of the lower part of town at Porte Océane and will follow Avenue Foch and the Boulevard de Strasbourg up through the centre, passing by the square surrounding the Hôtel de Ville.

A 590 metre tunnel will be built, after which the line will fork into eastern and western branches. Additional infrastructure will include work on seven to eight-metre-wide platforms, involving the deviation of gas, water and telephone lines, and the construction and fitting out of stations.

The necessary high voltage will be supplied by overhead cables which will be installed along with traction and low tension equipment. Lower current equipment includes signalisation units, panels displaying information for passengers and other communications systems.

There will be some impact on the town: parking areas will be created to encourage park and ride use, 350 places will be offered near the Mont-Gaillard terminus and a second offering 70 places will be constructed in front of Schuman station. New buildings will be built for both the needs of the tramway and the number 60 bus. These will house maintenance areas, a service station, washing machines and offices.

Great emphasis is placed on the commitment to environmental awareness, so solar panels will be incorporated in the construction along with rain water collectors.

Draft date

05/10/2011