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Angers launches Line B tender

A tender for design and project management of a second 19-stop 9.9km (6.2-mile) tramline has been launched in the city of Angers in western France. Line B would start at Belle-Beille in the western suburbs, running along Avenue Patton into the city centre, where it will briefly share tracks with line A – creating a city centre loop – before turning east along Avenue Montaigne. From here it will turn north onto Boulevard de Deux Croix and Boulevard Alloneau to reach the eastern terminus at Monplaisir.

The scope of the tender includes three park-and-ride sites and expansion of the existing six-hectare Raymond Perron Centre Technique des Transports depot to accommodate the 18 additional low-floor trams required for the new line.

A public inquiry for line B was recently completed and Angers Loire Metropolitan Council will vote on an implementation programme for the estimated EUR250m project in early 2016. Following the results of a second public consultation, construction could begin at the end of 2016 with the aim of commissioning the line in late 2019.