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(France )LILLE-L1

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Lille: VAL 208 on viaduct
Lille
In 1983 it was opened the first section of the automated metro in the city of Lille (VAL), with a new track linking 4 Cantons and Republique. One year later (02-05-1984) the entire Line 1 was in service from C.H.R.B- Calmette and 4 Cantons, passing throught the central railway station (Gare Lille Flandres).
In 1989 (on the 3 of April) Line 2 starded its service from St.Philibert to Gare Lille Flandres; a new addiction was completed in 1994 (to the new TGV railway station Gare Lille Europe), followed by the Fort de Mons section in 1995. Other two addictions opened in 1999 (linking Tourcoing-Centre) and 2000 (linking C.H. Dron).
The whole track of Lines 1 and 2 is now more than 45 km long (with more than 60 stops); it's articulated in two radial lines with a consistent developement in Lille suburban area. The 2 lines join each other in the city center at Gare de Flandres and Porte de Postes, creating two central sections. One is eminently radial (line 1) while the other (line 2) links many of the old city gates (Porte de Postes, Porte d'Arrais, Porte de Ouai, Porte de Valenciennes).
Line 1 and 2 assure a remarkable railway interchange. Besides the common stop at Gare Lille Flandres, Line 2 links Gare Lille Europe Station, while both lines stop at many regional railway stations. The cars park and ride and interchange is warranted by important parking areas (expecially at Calmette, 4 Cantons and St. Philibert).
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description uptaded on Jan 29th, 2011

map created on Jan 29th, 2011 (© 2005-2014 Ing. M. Tarozzi)

CountryFrance
LineLine 1
InhabitantsCity 190.000, District 1.150.000
Date opening:1983
Future development:C.H.R. B.-Calmette-Wattignies
Length (km)13.5
Track sections (km): underground km 8.5
Stops18, average distance 800 m
Platform doors yes
General characteristics dimensions (m) length 26; width --
n. of vehicles 143 (83 VAL 206+60 VAL 108)
n. of cars per vehicle 2
Type rubber tyres
Vehicle dimensions (m) length 26, width 2,06/2,08
Vehicle capacity 156
Frequency (max/min) 1,5'/8'
Current/Voltage --
Guide/gauge standard gauge (1435 mm) steel tracks with lateral guide bars
Speed (km/h)comm 34, max 80
Accel./Decel. (m/sec2)--
System capacity 15000 pphpd
Ridership48.6 millions pax/year
Total cost42 M Euro/km
Staff n.285 (Line 1+Line 2)
System builderSIEMENS
Model VAL 206, VAL 208
NOTEMatra system (now Siemens)
max vertical gradient: 7%
rolling stock: 83 VAL 206 + 60 VAL 208
technical data uptaded on Jan 29th, 2011