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New tram service rolls out as part of Caen la Mer's modernisation programme

One of the aims behind the restructuring of the Twisto network is to reduce individual car usage and encourage people to use public transport for their daily journeys.

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The new tram system will serve 36 stations and form the backbone of the Twisto network
The new tram system will serve 36 stations and form the backbone of the Twisto network

A new tram service has been launched in the urban community of Caen la Mer, north western France.

 

Public transport operator, Keolis, which has been running the Twisto public transport system in Caen for several years, is responsible for the overhaul of the tram system as well as the bus network.

 

Reduce car usage

 

One of the aims behind the restructuring and modernising of the Twisto network is to reduce individual car usage and encourage people to use public transport for their daily journeys.

 

The new tram system replaces the previous rubber-wheel transport system and will run on tracks. The network is made up of three lines totalling 16.2 km of track. It serves 36 stations with 26 tramsets, each capable of carrying 210 passengers.

 

Alongside the launch of the tram system, the entire bus network is undergoing a major overhaul with the introduction of a circular route running around the whole urban area as well as the extension of several existing bus routes.

New services are intended to supplement the fleet of 630 bicycles, including 400 e-bikes, and electric shuttles which are available throughout the city centre

Keolis said it is expecting an increase in ridership (19.5 per cent) and in revenue (27 per cent) across the whole network between now and the end of its contract in December 2023.

 

The new services are intended to supplement the fleet of 630 bicycles, including 400 e-bikes, and electric shuttles which are available throughout the city centre.

 

A major component in the restructuring of the bus network is the newly-created route number 6 – a circular route around the urban area. Called the Ellipse, it enables passengers to travel between neighbourhoods and links up Caen, Hérouville Saint-Clair, Colombelles and Mondeville.

 

In addition, the Twisto network has six main bus routes as opposed to only four previously.

 

Built by manufacturer Alstom, the new tram (Citadis X05) features six double doors and wide areas facilitating passenger movement inside the tram. The low floor tram features two areas reserved for wheelchairs, six seats for people with reduced mobility and noise amplifiers for the hard of hearing. The new tramsets also have USB ports offering additional services to passengers.

 

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