Dijon: a tram network carrying ambitions

Is it an efficient means of transport? It is more than that. The new intermodal tram network in Dijon is the centre-piece of a huge urban renovation and development programme, concerned about improving respect for the environment.

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Two tram lines (20 km) will form the backbone of an intermodal system linking two different transport networks in the Greater Dijon Area. This development provides the impetus for a global strategy in the city, involving transport, the environment, employment and modernisation of the urban fabric.

A route to benefit everyone

76 000 people live within a radius of 500 metres around 35 stations installed along both new lines. This includes 38 000 school pupils and students within their vicinity. It will make it possible to open up three districts currently being modernised by linking them to areas of employment and places to live. There are numerous commercial centres established along this route. It will also serve structures as vitally important as school and training institutions, as well as employment centres.

People with reduced mobility will benefit from carriages with a low floor and 2.40 m wide, as well as from adapted access ramps, wider aisles and ad hoc adaptations to the stations’ surroundings.

Transport interchanges

The work being carried out as part of the project is included in the implementation of intermodality between the various means of transport: trains, buses, cars and bicycles. Interchanges will be created with the Dijon-Ville station and various public transport stations (trams, city buses and inter-city coaches, some of whose routes will be revised).

The new trams will travel at a maximum speed of 70 km/h. The project is considering the possibility of also running a 'train-tram’ type vehicle, which can reach 100 km/h on the railway sections, on the new network.

The tram network was the favoured option because it is quieter than a bus, uses 10 times less energy and produces a volume of greenhouse gases 100 times smaller than a car.

In figures

• 32 carriages will be put into service.

• The new park-and-ride facilities (up to 750 spaces) should help reduce the level of traffic in the city, especially as some cars will be banned from now on from particular roads in the city. This means that 7 000 journeys a day should switch from the car to public transport, thereby reducing the number of kilometres travelled by car by 13 million a year.

• With the aim of boosting the ‘bike-tram’ solution, cyclists will benefit from six secure shelters located next to several key stations, along with 19 km of new cycle routes.

• It is estimated that 87 000 journeys will be made every day on these two routes, which is 1.7 million hours more a year than in the current situation on the tram network.

• The number of jobs created directly during the implementation phase (two years) is 6 700 and will be 64 during the operational phase.

Total and EU funding

The estimated cost of the ”Intermodalité du tramway Grand Dijon” (Greater Dijon tram intermodality) project is EUR 18 528 240. The contribution from the European Regional Development Fund amounts to EUR 6 314 424 for the 2007-2013 period.

Draft date

01/01/2007