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Redefining the Nantes tramway

Design agency RCP has worked on many urban transport projects in France, specialising in detailed examination of the passenger experience to deliver high-quality, attractive and sustainable solutions.

The company was selected by the city of Nantes to design its future tramway vehicles and, similar to its work in Tours, has defined the design code of the tramway’s stops, as well as the interior and exterior design of the future vehicles ahead of the appointment of a rolling stock manufacturer.

Régine Charvet Pello, CEO of RCP design global, explains. “We have redesigned the urban journey, working with 40 local citizens, experts in urban life, to create a tram that takes part in the real, imaginary and symbolic landscape of the city to better provide for people living and cohabiting in Nantes.

“The new tram will enter the next decade by re-inventing the travel experience, in particular boarding the new vehicles with entrances that are easier to identify – especially for those with reduced mobility or a visual impairment – but also adapted to the consequences of the health crisis.” The first tram will enter service in 2022.

RCP is also working with Île-de-France Mobilités on the new T9 and T10 tramlines in the Île-de-France region. For this project, the company has responded to the major challenge of unifying the image of the transport network while giving a particular Parisian suburb its own relationship to the tram. RCP’s ‘Tram of Lights’ concept features design codes that define a common approach for all project stakeholders, in particular the rolling stock manufacturer.

So, 14 years after designing the Intramuros Paris tram in 2006 (Paris Maréchaux sud) RCP offers a general vision on the mode of transport that Alstom and its designers have followed.


For further information on the tram networks of France, see the full-length features in July (part 1) and August (part 2) 2020 issues of TAUT.