Light at the end of the tunnel for the Nice tramway
On 28 June, the first operational tram entered the tunnel on the L2 tram line. The line, which had been running from the administrative centre (CADAM) to Magnan for over a year, now extends to the Jean Médecin district in the heart of Nice.
From the tunnel entrance at the Centre Universitaire Méditerranée station, trams run to Alsace Lorraine station then to Jean Médecin station at a maximum speed of 70 km/h.
The signalling system devised by Mobility’s Crossway team ensures safe operation, using a block management system that is interlinked with traditional manoeuvring zones. Just beyond Jean Médecin station, an automated turnaround system optimises tram manoeuvres.
This complex system provides automatic SIL4 operation of red and green signals as the trams proceed, and SIL2 automatic stops if a tram inadvertently passes a red light.
Mobility Crossway assisted the prime contractor and the operating company during the overall test and trial running phases, facilitating the commissioning of the new facilities.
In December 2019, line L2 will continue to its terminus at the port, and line L3 will commence operation.