Construction of a second light rail line for the French city of Angers has been approved by the département of Maine-et-Loire.
A Declaration of Public Works for line B was signed on 20 February, following three years of studies and consultation. The EUR245m project had been delayed due to financing concerns, although construction should now begin in 2019 with completion set for 2022.
The 19-station, 9.9km (6.2-mile) line will run from Belle-Beille, in the west of the city, along Avenue Patton into central Angers. Turning east along Avenue Montaigne, the tracks will then run north along Boulevard de Deux Croix and Boulevard Alloneau towards the terminus at Monplaisir.
A city centre loop will also be created by a link between line B on Avenue Montaigne and the first line’s Moliére station.
An additional 18 30m low-floor vehicles will operate the new line; the existing line A Raymond Perron Centre Technique des Transports facility will be expanded to accommodate the larger fleet.