Nice benefits from a major new tramway
The French Mediterranean city of Nice is set to benefit from a major new tramway. One of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe, it has cost €370m and engaged more than 1,200 workers over the past six years. The result, city officials say, will be to reduce traffic flow, regenerate key areas and put previously inaccessible suburbs within striking distance of the Mediterranean.
Planners have used the tramway as a catalyst create new pedestrian piazza areas, most notably at Place Massena, where cars will have only one lane across three acres, leaving residents and visitors free to roam from shop to restaurant to beach. Heading north along the tram line past the main station toward the football stadium, the shopping district of Jean Medecin will also be pedestrianised, as will Rue Jean Jaures, skirting the old town, along the eastern leg of the line running through Place Garibaldi and on. Costing just €1.30 and with a maximum capacity of 200 people per tram, the service will start at 5am and end at 1am; it will run once every four minutes during rush hour and every 15 minutes during quieter periods.