The T6 tram line in Lyon connects the cities of Bron and Vénissieux in 21 minutes.


C. Girardon / 20 Minutes

  • Bruno Bernard, the EELV president of the metropolis of Lyon was elected Monday at the head of Sytral, a union that manages public transport.

  • The elected representative aims to invest between 2.5 and 3 billion over the next six years in the development of the Lyon network.

  • But the metro is clearly not his priority.

Unsurprisingly, Bruno Bernard was elected on Monday afternoon at the head of Sytral, a mixed union that manages public transport in Lyon.

President EELV of the metropolis will therefore concentrate all the powers to accomplish one of the missions which is most important to him: to reduce pollution in the metropolitan area by offering "a credible, solid and efficient alternative to the private car".

This will require the development of public transport.

The elected official has already announced that he aims to invest "2.5 to 3 billion euros" over the next six years against 1.1 billion during the previous mandate.

What projects are most likely to emerge?

What others, deemed too expensive, could go by the wayside? 

20 Minutes

takes stock.

Tramway 7, the flagship project of the Greens

If Bruno Bernard aims to increase the supply of buses by 20%, as he had committed to during the campaign for municipal authorities, the priority for the next six years will undoubtedly be the tram.

Starting with the future line T7, which should leave from Place Antonin Poncet to follow the banks of the Rhône, traveling at the foot of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu and join the T1 route to Part-Dieu station, then Vaulx -en-Velin in the long term.

"There is a lack of a fast connection between Bellecour and Part-Dieu", assures Bruno Bernard.

An argument that we can doubt since the C3 line, which is taken at a metro stop in Bellecour, allows you to reach the Cordeliers at the shopping center in seven minutes.

Just like, one could wonder about the relevance of adding a tram line in the Lyon peninsula which is already hyper-connected and whose route at the beginning would be parallel to that of the metro A.

But the project, defended by the Greens, will especially mark the spirits because it would profoundly modify the urban development.

Building a tram line on the quays means removing two lanes of traffic in each direction from the 80,000 cars that use Quai Gailleton daily.

It also means ensuring a direct connection (costed at 30 million euros) between Bellecour and Part-Dieu station while relieving the C3, which already carries 60,000 passengers per day.

The T8 to connect the east to the south of the agglomeration

This tram line, designed by the Greens, would link the Lyon conurbation by taking the same route as the Rocade Est.

And therefore by linking the towns of eastern Lyon (Vaulx-en-Velin, Décines and Bron) to those of the south (Vénissieux, Saint-Fons) by rail.

Finally, it would end in Gerland, which would allow travelers to join metro B or the tram lines already serving the district.

While awaiting the completion of this project, Sytral could, under the leadership of Bruno Bernard, put into circulation express shuttles on the Rocade Est.

Cable cars as a trademark

The elected ecologist, who wants to leave his mark on the metropolis and make its action visible, calls for the construction of one to four cable cars.

"This means of transport can allow us to meet the characteristics of certain territories and be efficient on the hills or to cross the Saône and the Rhône", he believes.

By the end of his mandate, the president of Sytral plans to link Francheville-Sainte-Foy-Confluence or even Debourg by air.

Studies will also be carried out to measure the feasibility of the other three lines: Vaise-Duchère-Ecully / Techlid, Givors-Chasse-sur-Rhône and Tassin-Lyon 5ème-Perrache.

“You have to keep in mind that building cable cars involves flying over densities of housing.

It will surely be necessary to expropriate, which can take time ”, warns Fouziya Bouzerda, former president of Sytral not convinced by the relevance of certain lines.

Is the metro E definitely buried?

The metro is clearly not the priority of the new president of Sytral.

We will therefore have to wait until at least 2025 to see the launch of studies concerning the extension of line B to Rillieux-la-Pape and of line D to the industrial district of Vaise.

What about line E, Gérard Collomb's flagship project that would serve the west of Lyon?

"I do not want a political line that would be decided to please an elected or respond to an electoral promise made in haste", replied Bruno Bernard.

According to studies carried out by Sytral in recent months, the project would cost between 1.1 and 1.3 billion euros, depending on whether the route will go to Bellecour or Part-Dieu.

Far too expensive for the green president.

“For me, it's a line to do, retorts Fouziya Bouzerda.

The survey, carried out among residents, showed that this line was already popular and that it aroused real expectations ”.

And to drive the point home politely: “a Sytral mandate plan, these are above all political choices.

If no one had chosen the metro in Lyon 50 years ago, we would certainly not have the current network.

And today, the metro concentrates 50% of trips on the network ”.

Bruno Bernard, however, did not bury the project.

"I would like a public debate to take place so that, in all transparency, we can choose together which line is the most useful", he indicates, specifying that we are considering the idea of ​​extending the existing lines to serve the 'West Lyon, very little provided in terms of public transport.

Not to mention the Val de Saône… for which there is still nothing offered.


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