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Bordeaux pictures

In Bordeaux, France, Trams on July 20, 2014 by cubsur51

I managed to dodge the rain for long enough to get a couple of sets of pictures.

The first are just a few shots around the city, including the new football stadium under construction for the Euro 2016 championships.

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The second album is one for the tram and light rail enthusiasts. The expansion of Bordeaux’s tram system continues apace. The northern extension of Ligne C to Berges de la Garonne was opened a couple of months ago. This single track stretch extends the line from the previous terminus at Claveau under the Pont D’Aquitaine to the new terminus at the Bordeaux Nord industrial area.

Ligne B is open as far as Berges du Lac The station was to be called Ginko, after the new housing development but I didn’t like it either! Track is laid all the way to the future terminus at Parc des Expositions, which will also serve the new stadium. Work remains to be done on one bridge with opening scheduled for January 2015. Also, work is well under way on the ‘Tram – Train’ branch of Ligne C, which will take trams to Bruges and Blanquefort in the north western suburbs. UPDATE 21 JULY Opening was scheduled for late 2015. However an announcement today (21 July) speculates that the opening may be delayed by two years!! There is an issue concerning level (grade) crossings which will be shared between trams, SNCF passenger trains and freight trains. Someone has belatedly realised that while trams can operate on ‘line of sight’ in the event of a signal failure, passenger and freight trains cannot. The bureaucrats are off to have their field day. If your French is up to it, read http://www.sudouest.fr/2014/07/21/le-tram-train-du-medoc-prend-deux-ans-de-retard7-2-kilometres-de-voie-nouvelle-1620843-2774.php

All those pictures here.

Other works in progress include a southern extension of Ligne C and westward extensions of Lignes A and B. I hope to visit these when next in Bordeaux in about ten days.

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