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Paris T8 opens

Tramway route T8 from Saint-Denis to Epinay and Villetaneuse opened on 16th December. The line is 8.5 km long with 17 stops, including 3 termini. there is 1 tram every 3 minutes on the shared trunk route and every 6 minutes on each branch at peak times. This gives easy transfers to metro line 13, RER C and D, the T1 tramway, the future Tangentielle Nord railway link, SNCF's Transilien service and several bus services.

This new service is a result of the contract between RATP and Alstom, signed in 2010, for the supply of 19 Alstom Citadis trams for line T7, with an option on 20 trams for line T8. This option was exercised in April 2013. The trams for the Ile-de-France region are financed by STIF. It improves transport services to the north-western Seine-Saint-Denis area and provides easier access to centres of learning and business parks.

A few days earlier route T6, operated by Translohr tramway sur pneus, opened between Châtillon-Montrouge and Robert Wagner à Vélizy with 14 km of track including 1.6 km underground. There are 21 stops including 2 underground ( the final underground terminus is not expected to open till 2016. There is a peak hour service of every4 minutes reducing to ever7 minutes off peak. It has connections with the line 13 (Châtillon-Montrouge) metro, RER C (Viroflay RG), Transilien (Viroflay RG and Viroflay D) as well as several bus lines.

17 December 2014

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