Alstom and its subsidiary NTL have opened the final section of the T6 tramway in Paris.
The underground section of the line between Viroflay-Rive Droite and Viroflay-Rive Gauche stations opened on June 11, completing the final portion of the T6 line.
T6 opened between Châtillon and Robert Wagner station in 2014. The final section of the line includes a 1.6-kilometre tunnel with a 10 per cent gradient – a “big technical challenge”, says Alstom, for the rubber-tyred Translohr trams.
More than 70,000 passengers are predicted to use the line each day – a 50 per cent increase on the number currently using the first section of the route.
As well as the 28 trams operating on line T6, Translohr trams run on line T5 – the first rubber-tyred tram system to be built in Île-de-France – between Saint-Denis and Garges-Sarcelles.
The cost of T6 has been put at €384 million. Ile-de-France has financed half of the project, with the remaining funding coming from the
Department of Hauts-de-Seine, the French government, the Yvelines department and RATP. The rolling stock has been entirely funded by STIF.