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This is one of the major announcements of the National Public Transport Meetings (RNTP) organized in Toulouse. Wednesday September 29, 2021, Jean-Michel Lattes, vice-president of Toulouse Métropole and president of Woven Communities and Engineering announced a partnership with the metropolises of Brest (Finistère) and Besancon (Doubs) for the purchase of tram trainsets.
“We will have attractive prices”
This approach, initiated by Brest and Grand Besançon, was deemed “virtuous” by Toulouse Métropole. “We are therefore delighted to complete this system,” says Jean-Michel Lattes with satisfaction.
It must be said that the three communities seem to find their account. From an economic point of view, “we will have more attractive prices,” assures the Toulouse elected representative. Then, the order we are going to place will be more attractive to manufacturers. It’s important, ”he continues.
At least 23 trainsets between Toulouse, Brest and Besançon
In total, Toulouse Métropole announces that it wants to acquire nine oars. Ditto for Brest which could even add a tenth in the years to come. On the Besançon side, the order is for five trainsets and possibly three more in the future.
“Tisséo coordinates the partnership arrangement with a single call for tenders. Following this procedure, each entity will sign its contract with the manufacturer, ”explains Jean-Michel Lattes.
“We hope that this collaboration will continue beyond this first attempt because we believe that this is how networks should work. This joint work is extremely profitable for all of us.”
10% savings expected
By signing this partnership, Tisséo hopes to be able to make significant savings on trains that cost between 2 and 3 million euros unity.
With this group order, Jean-Michel Lattes wishes to arrive at a economical of ten%. “If we get to more, so much the better. But 10% for products like that are significant amounts ”.
New trainsets, but what for?
Concretely, these nine new Toulouse trains should allow the reorganization of the tram network, soon to be turned upside down by the arrival of the third metro line.
“We are going to cut the axis of the T2 network, this tram line that goes to the airport, which will become an independent line: the Express line. It is the transfer to T1 that creates the needs. On this line, we are going to put the trainsets that we are going to collect and there will be purchases. We have to be able to give T1 a rate of 4.30 minutes, whereas it is currently 9 minutes “.
Regarding the timing of this purchase project, the launch of the call for tenders is expected at the beginning of 2022. Allow an additional year, ie early 2023, to know the choice of the manufacturer.
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