Trams, bridges, bicycles … Mobilization will make a strict decision on the metropolitan area’s transportation strategy

Elected officials of Nantes Metropole will meet at the Metropolitan Council this Thursday to discuss favorable investments in public transport, especially trams, as well as each session. Since the re-election of Johanna Rolland (PS), Nantes Metropole has been a softrans transport, primarily based on creating three new routes in its own lane on the horizon (two trams, one busway). Confirmed an ambitious development plan. 2027. Despite its appeal on paper, this strategy has nevertheless been widely criticized by citizens’ groups rallying Les Mobilitains, Nantes transport enthusiasts “between 120 and 150.” This “non-political” group is at a considerable disadvantage to private cars and blames the community for not using existing railroad tracks in the first place.

“We like trams, which are clearly better than buses,” explains Jeff Abrahamson. However, the miniline project to serve Ile de Nantes costs astronomical amounts and does not actually meet the challenge. Those who go to future CHUs from the south or north of the department will not come by tram. It’s the distant connection they need. These few kilometers of trams are even more disappointing, as the railroad has already crossed the island of Nantes and is underutilized. To make matters worse, we are preparing to remove the railroad at Garedel’Etat while the city is exploring the development of the railroad. Inconsistent. »»

Not convinced by Anne of Brittany’s project

Mobilitains, who regrets the “lack of cooperation between big cities and regions” regarding railroads, recommends adding passenger trains to and from Ile de Nantes and building three small intermediate stations. Located in Quai des Antilles, and above all in Beaulieu. They are also proposing to reopen the railroad to Bougne via Atout Sud and another to the airport. “From Nantes, you can connect directly to Grand Ryu, Savenay, Clisson, Polnick and Chateaubriand. Routes and rails already exist and it’s an opportunity to grab,” claims Jeff Abrahamson.

Vincent-Gâche station on the island of Nantes (illustration).
Vincent-Gâche station on the island of Nantes (illustration). -F. Brennon / 20 minutes

In the same spirit, Mobiltainers are skeptical of the project to open the Anne-de-Bretagne bridge. “The benefits in terms of mobility are not very clear. We still don’t know exactly where the tram will pass. They prefer a new bridge near the banana hangar, offer a” new crossroads “and” Enables the “connection between the railroad from Chantenai and the railroad on the island of Nantes”.

Safe bike lane, not lane

The association is also critical of what is being done for cycling trips. “Planning for a big city must be more ambitious,” believes Jeff Abrahamson. What’s happening in recent years is mostly bike lanes drawn on the ground, not safe bike paths. It’s not exactly the same. Driving in a bicycle lane with a child touching a car can be scary. Nantes has some pretty good track examples, but if you want results, you need more, even if you need temporary arrangements. Especially needed in the surrounding commune, these areas are sometimes forgotten. Nantes Métropole plans to invest € 115 million by the end of its mission for the development of cycling (2026). “It seems a lot, but if you look at the amount of money spent on trams and widening the Bellevue Bridge, you’ll find that it’s not that much in the end,” said the president of the Citizens’ Association.

More generally, Mobilitains wants to “encourage debate” and “promote inhabitant reflection” on transportation. “Mobility is about everyone. Everyone can be interested in it. Everyone can have an opinion,” Jeff Abrahamson is convinced.