On the 4th April 2018, following a call for tender, Greater Nancy Metropolitan Area appointed the beTRAM consortium as authority’s representative for the renewal and extension of the tramway line 1 .
BeTRAM represents more than a combination of skills: it also represents a conviction that trams are a relevant means of transport and a desire to realise a positive ambition. With this project Nancy can finally truly have real trams …
As a renovation project, rather than the creation of a new tram route, the challenges are very specific.
The existing Guided Light Transport or TVR vehicles that run on tyres are at the end of their operational lives and will no longer be in use by 2021, providing a project timeline. Work must begin by the beginning of 2020 so that the new infrastructure is available as early as possible i.e. by the beginning of 2023. The intermediary two-year objective is to obtain an official “Déclaration d’Utilité Publique” (Declaration of Public Utility) and represents the first challenge.
The TVR system, built and put into service in 2001, does not fulfil its performance objectives as a means of transport. The major criticism is the lack of reliability; maintenance costs are very high and unavoidable, and the system fails to ensure that a sufficient number of vehicles circulate to meet passenger demand. The new trams cannot, therefore, be permitted to suffer the same inconveniences and every effort must be made to guarantee good performance and durability.
From the end of May 2018, a multidisciplinary team of up to twelve people completely dedicated to the project will be established in Nancy. The project team will remain in place until the tram line is put into service at the beginning of 2023.
This new contract enables Transamo to proudly confirm its position as the leading French authority’s representative for urban transport projects.