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MARSEILLE
 France

Marseille Metro map © UrbanRail.Net

Marseille Tram

 METRO

Marseille Métro logoMarseille is the largest city in southeastern France (800,000 inhabitants, 1.2 million in the metropolitan area). It is an important harbour by the Mediterranean Sea.

The metro network consists of two rubber-tyred lines (pneu - like Lyon and some Paris lines), with a total length of 21.8 km (18.1 underground):

Stations usually have a very functional design, some are decorated thematically (for example, St. Charles - Railway Station shows a TGV high speed train on one side and a 19th century steam train on the other; Noailles shows old model trains, trams and trolleybuses; Notre-Dame du Mont has huge vegetables painted on the walls showing the way to the nearby market).

There are two transfer stations - at Castellane both lines cross perpendicularly with a short walk and an escalator between Lines 1 and 2. Saint-Charles (Central railway station) appears to be of the cross-platform interchange type, but there is an island platform for Line 1 on the inner tracks, and two side platforms for Line 2 on the outer tracks, which means that passengers have to run up and down the stairs in any of the possible transfer options! Apart from this inconvenience stations have no lifts, although some stations have escalators.

Information panels are good and easy to read. On the trains, stations are not announced, neither acoustically nor on a panel. There is an arrow showing which side to get off, but usually it's not illuminated before the train gets into the station.

 Line M1

12.9 km, 18 stations

- From a point halfway between Saint Just and Malpassé to Frais Vallon the line runs in the middle of a highway, after a short tunnel it continues on a viaduct to the terminus at La Rose. The rest of the line is underground.

22-11-1977: La Rose - Saint-Charles (6.3 km)
11-03-1978:
Saint-Charles - Castellane (3 km)
05-09-1992: Castellane - La Timone (1.1 km)
06-05-2010: La Timone - La Fourragère (2.5 km)

 Line M2

8.9 km, 12 stations

- This line terminates on a viaduct at both ends, Bougainville and Sainte-Margarite Dromel, the rest is underground.

03-03-1984: Castellane - Joliette (3.3 km)
01-02-1986:
Castellane - Sainte-Margarite Dromel
14-02-1987:
Joliette - Bougainville (5.6 km)

 Photos

Bougainville © UrbanRail.Net Saint-Charles © UrbanRail.Net Ste-Marguerite - Dromel © UrbanRail.Net Timone © R. Schwandl
Photos © UrbanRail.Net

 Projects

Line M2 will be extended north by 900 m to Capitaine Gèze. Later it is planned to be extended from the southern terminus eastwards to St. Loup-Pagnol with five stations.


 TRAM

Tram Atlas France - FrankreichMarseille was one of only a few French cities to maintain part of its former tram network, a single line which was shown on metro maps as line 68, a standard tram running in a tunnel only from its terminus 'Noailles' (transfer to métro) to its first stop 'Bruys' (now Eugène Pierre) on Bd. Chave. It was closed in December 2003 to be integrated into the future tram line T1 to La Blancarde and Les Caillols. The new tram has opened in stages since 2007.

- 11.5 km
- 2 lines
- 25 stops
- 1435 mm gauge
- rolling stock: Bombardier Flexity Outlook type C


Les Caillols (line 1 terminus)


La Blancarde (line 1)
 

 Links

Le Pilote (RTM & other transit)

Marseille Metro & Tramway (RTM)

Marseille Transports

Trams in Marseille by Christoph Groneck

Métro de Marseille at Wikipedia.fr

Read your webmaster's impressions of the Marseille urban rail systems after a visit in March 2014

 Books

 

Metros in France

Tram Atlas France - Frankreich

 

 

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