Thursday, 21 February 2013
Montpellier Tram Line 2, France.
Montepellier Line 2 opened for service on December 16, 2006. It is the longest tram line in France, with a length of 17.5 km. The line travels between Jacou in the northeast and Saint – Jean – de Vedas in the southwest, via Castelnau – le – Lez and the centre of Montpellier. Line 2 was built at a cost of €450 million. In April 2007, with the opening of Lines 3 and Line 4, Line 2 was diverted to run from Corum to the SNCF station at at Saint-Roch through Comédie.
Part of Line 2, between Sabines and Saint-Jean-le-Sec, uses 2.5 km of an abandoned rail line. Line 2 is double tracked between Notre-Dame-de-Sablassou and Sabines; the remaining 3.5 km of the line is single tracked with passing loops.
The livery of trams on Line 2 is decorated in orange with flowers. Each tram is named for a historic person in the Montpellier region.
The rolling stock on Line 2 comprises 24 Citadis 302 trams manufactured by Alstom, with a length of 32.5 m, a width of 2.65 m, and five sections. The trams were delivered between March 2006 and February 2007 and are numbered from 2041 to 2064.
On the background is the Montpellier Railway station where the TGV train meets the trams.