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Nice launches T2 and reveals details of future T4 and tram-train plans

Alstom has supplied its latest Citadis X05 low-floor vehicles for the second tramline of Nice’s tramway. Image courtesy of Alstom

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi inaugurated the 2km (1.2-mile) eastern extension of tramline T2 from Magnan to Jean Médecin in the city centre on 28 June; the route includes two new underground stations and offers interchange with tramline T1.

The initial 7.1km (4.4-mile) section of the line, Magnan – Cadam, opened in June 2018. This was extended by 1.9km (1.2 miles) from Grand Arénas to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in December. The final eastward section to Port Lympia is due to open before the end of the year.

An accelerated programme has also been announced for the city’s fourth tramline, with the mayor saying that the new 6.2km (3.9-mile) westward line with 15 stations can be ready by 2026. Further details of the new EUR212m line to Cagnes-sur-Mer, originally planned to open in 2030, were unveiled on 27 June, suggesting five or six new park-and-ride sites.

A tram-train project is proposed to relieve traffic congestion on one of the main roads into the city, featuring 4km (2.5 miles) of new tramway from the current northern line 1 terminus to Quartier Pasteur and 3km (1.9 miles) of route using SNCF tracks on the Nice – Breil-sur-Roya line to Drap-Cantaron, where a large park-and-ride site would be built. This estimated EUR190m project could carry 43 600 passengers/day.