In Rennes, metro line A has shone with its punctuality for nearly twenty years. Her little sister has a harder time getting started. Under construction since 20, line B was to be delivered in December 2020, before the date is postponed twice . The Covid epidemic – 19 and some technical problems ultimately delayed the inauguration that elected officials announced for “start 2022” for several months. This Wednesday, the estimate was refined. According to Mayor Nathalie Appéré and Laurent Bouyer, President of Siemens Mobility France, the second Rennes metro line should be delivered in “no earlier than the end of April, no later than the end of May 2022 ”.
The head of Siemens was able to explain the deadlines for the tests carried out by his departments on the brand new trainsets. The German manufacturer admitted in the spring to have “underestimated the deadlines given the complexity of the system” explaining that the new CityVal trainsets selected by the metropolis are “a world first”. Delays which should give rise to financial penalties for Siemens. According to Mayor Nathalie Appéré, the schedules had been extended due to the unavailability of certain experts, deprived of travel by health measures.
Keolis may launch its tests
Last week, the question of the commissioning of line B had already animated the council of Rennes Métropole. Some opposition officials had mentioned “the most total vagueness” to describe the inability of the majority to commit to an inauguration date. In September, transport assistant Matthieu Theurier confirmed the opening “early 2021”, explaining that the site “was progressing well”. Once the Siemens tests are completed, the trainsets will be handed over to Keolis, which will continue the tests with “blank runs” carried out by its technicians.
Started in 20, the line B site had was estimated at 1.3 billion euros . A substantial envelope which included a reserve dedicated to possible contingencies. The overall budget for the site must be assessed against any penalties that Siemens may have to pay.