Before the confinement last spring which brought the entire site to a halt, the deadlines and budgets were generally respected for the delivery of the second metro line in Rennes. The start-up was scheduled for December 21, 2020, but with the health crisis, we will have to wait until June 2021 to board one of the 25 trainsets that will travel on the 14 km journey from Saint Jacques-de-la Lande to Cesson Sévigné via Place Ste Anne in Rennes.
The new Ste Anne station
Sainte-Anne station, in the heart of the historic center and at the foot of the future convention center, is one of the fifteen new metro stations. It has the particularity of being a connecting station with line a, just like the Gare station. Today all stations are completed.
The new Saint-Anne metro station in Rennes
– Jean-Louis Aubert
The last oar tests
The 25 new trainsets supplied by the manufacturer Siemens are currently being tested over the entire route. Technical teams carry out these tests in the underground part of the route. From the beginning of January 2021, the oars should be visible on the aerial part of the route where they must also be tested..
The last train tests are underway in the underground part of the route
– Jean-Louis Aubert
A titanic project that we have been talking about for 20 years
In 2001, the mayor of the city at the time, Edmond Hervé, launched feasibility studies. Six years later, a route is defined. It will take another seven years of public inquiry to hear the first shovel on this exceptional site. We truly measure the extent of this when, in January 2015, the tunnel boring machine called Elaine, digs its first kilometers underground. This steel snake, bought in Germany, will nibble 14kms of tunnel, with a single quack, in November 2016. In the historic heart of the city,the floor of a store crumbles, there were no injuries but five months of forced shutdown for the machine.
On March 1, 2018, Elaine finished the job on time, so it remains to complete the 15 new stations and test the 25 trains on the route. But the first confinement stops everything and shower the hopes of a commissioning on December 21. We will therefore have to wait until June 2021 to take this second metro line if by then the work is not interrupted again due to the health crisis. For now, the bill for this line b amounts to more than one billion 340 million euros.