Poitiers moves towards a more efficient public transport network

Poitiers’ ambitious urban development plan focuses on dedicated transport lanes and a bus-based mass transit infrastructure (BHNS – Bus à Haut Niveau de Service) to revitalise its public transport network.

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Léon Blum viaduct, Poitiers  © Communauté d'Agglomération de Poitiers Léon Blum viaduct, Poitiers © Communauté d'Agglomération de Poitiers

" The Léon Blum viaduct is helping curb climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions from buses are reduced on this route, and vehicle emissions will also be lessened thanks to a shift away from car use. The creation of the bicycle path on the viaduct also contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions. "

Laurent Fonteneau, Head of the Mobility and Transport Department, Ville de Poitiers

Commuters into, and around Poitiers, are benefiting from a sustainable, high-performance public transport network that links the major axes of the city, providing an alternative to car use.

New viaduct at the heart of the network

Opened in February 2014, the Léon Blum viaduct forms one of the key elements of the new transport infrastructure, linking the densely populated Poitiers West with the city centre. The new viaduct, unlike its predecessor – ‘la passerelle des Rocs’, which dated from 1952 – features dedicated bus lanes in addition to paths for both cyclists and pedestrians. 

Several existing bus lines already use the new viaduct, which will also be used by line A of the new BHNS service, serving the Mignaloux-Beauvoir to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou axe of the city. A BHNS station located on the viaduct will ensure easy access to Poitiers’ main train station – which will also be served by the upcoming LGV Sud-Ouest high-speed railway line between Tours and Bordeaux – reinforcing the interconnection of the network. 

The Léon Blum viaduct has received international acclaim for the visionary conception and innovative construction techniques that make it an iconic addition to Poitiers.

Bus Rapid Transit service connecting city’s major axes

With construction of the dedicated bus lanes already well underway, Poitiers’ three new lines of ‘Bus à Haut Niveau de Service’ (BHNS – Bus Rapid Transit – bus-based mass transit services with specialised infrastructure to increase efficiency and avoid delays) will be the crowning glory of the city’s urban development plan. Covering 48km of bus routes, these three interconnecting lines – one of which is already in place – will connect the three major axes of the city and will run every 6-15 minutes and benefit from prioritised traffic flow. Two of the new lines should be operational by the end of 2017.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the “BHNS/Léon Blum viaduct project” is EUR 28 000 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 4 500 000 from the Operational Programme “Poitou-Charentes” for the 2007-2013 programming period.

Draft date

21/12/2015