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New metro in Rennes: the opening postponed again … to 2022 – Rennes

Delay on the delivery of the Rennes metro B, episode 5. During a press conference this Thursday, April 8, it was after many background elements and a long quantified introduction – 94,000 travelers expected per day, 50,000 car trips in less or more than a billion euros of investment – as the president of the metropolis of Rennes, Nathalie Appéré, ended up saying. No, line B of the Rennes metro will not be operational on time. Between the health constraints which have lengthened the schedules and disrupted the mobility of international experts, and the difficulties of Siemens “to meet the delivery deadlines of rolling stock”, the delay is likely to be “consequent”.

Started in 2013, the work on this “extraordinary site” – more than 5 million hours worked per year of construction and more than 100 work packages for 1,200 companies – should allow the deployment of a fully automated line out of 14 kilometers, of which 8.6 in deep tunnel. Already postponed Many times, the opening of line B was scheduled for next September. “It is clear that we will not be able to meet these deadlines. We owe this transparency to Rennes and metropolitan residents because there is an expectation and it is legitimate ”declared Nathalie Appéré before giving the floor to Stéphane Bayon de Noyer, Siemens Project Director.

Deployment of the bus network also delayed

The latter, in turn, wished to emphasize that the technology chosen in Rennes, namely rubber-tired trainsets on concrete tracks, marked a “world first”. “This project generates complexities, there were underestimations made with regard to the deadlines. But despite the Covid, out of the 2,000 technical tests to be carried out, 1,300 have been carried out, ”he said. The president of the Metropolis also wished to recall that the budget was “under control”. “The cost of the work, of € 1.342 billion, has remained the same as that voted. The budget is kept. All stations have been delivered, the most recent, that of Beaulieu, was delivered a few days ago. And all the projects from the point of view of outdoor public spaces will be completed in the summer ”.

On the other hand, the reorganization of the bus network, initially planned for September, will have to be done at the same time as the commissioning of the metro. A precise date for this should be given next July, but should not intervene before 2022.

Siemens will have to pay penalties

A delay that could cost the German company Siemens dearly. Because if the director of the projects did not want to give figures on the cost of these delays, the president of the metropolis recalled: “There is in fact a contract which binds Semtcar and Siemens and a certain number of clauses and contractual provisions on meeting deadlines. These are intended to apply, ”she replied.

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