RATP Dev to transform Angers-Loire public transit with new tram lines

Posted: 12 July 2023 | | No comments yet

With two new tram lines and expanded bus routes, Angers-Loire Metropolitan Authority and RATP Dev have unveiled an improved public transit offer, providing 20% increased coverage and enhanced mobility for residents.


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The Angers-Loire Metropolitan Authority has unveiled an improved public transit offer, inaugurating two new tram lines in collaboration with RATP Dev Angers, the operator of the Irigo public transit network. The re-designed service has been operational since 8 July 2023, bringing about a 20% increase in public transit coverage and enhancing mobility for local residents.

RATP Dev Angers has been responsible for operating the Irigo network on behalf of the Angers-Loire Metropolitan Authority since 2019. The introduction of two new tram lines and extended bus routes has transformed Irigo, reinforcing the network and expanding its accessibility.

Hiba Farès, Chair of the Executive Board of RATP Dev, said: “Public transit has the power to shape a region and the daily lives of the people who live there, while also contributing to the fight against climate change. The expansion of this extension of the Angers-Loire Metropolitan network, which we are honoured to support, reflects a modern and ambitious vision for the metropolitan area and its residents.”

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Jean Marc Verchère, Mayor of Angers and Chairman of Angers Loire Métropole, said: “The
consolidation of our tramway network, with 10km of new tracks and 285 million euros invested, is a
powerful lever for the ecological transition and for creating links between the inhabitants of our region.
Every day, 72,000 people will now be able to travel in complete safety and tranquillity thanks to this
fluid, low-carbon mode of transport.” 

The re-designed offer includes two new tram lines, Line B and Line C, which complement the existing Line A. The lines, spanning 19 kilometres and featuring 37 stations, connect various districts, such as Belle-Beille, Monplaisir and la Roseraie. The bus network has also been enhanced with “express” routes, offering extended timetables and simplified routes within the metropolitan area. In addition, an on-demand transportation service facilitates journeys between stops in the same area and connects passengers to select healthcare centres.

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