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Basel: France supports Saint Louis extension

filed on: 11.03.2011 (11th Mar 2011)

I missed this item earlier on, but consider it to be of sufficient interest to be included here:

On 8th February, the French government confirmed that it is contributing 5.73 million Euros to the cross-border extension of Basel tram 3 from Burgfelderstrasse to Saint Louis. The total costs of the link are estimated at between 56 and 63 million Euros. The line should open in 2017.

Following on from the Weil extension into Germany (currently under construction) this will be the second new cross-border extension of the BVB tram system.

Back in 2007, this newslog reported that Swiss estimates put costs at 17 million and the French side at 31 million. This is a steep and regrettable price increase. It is also unfortunate that the cross-city variant involving route 11 has been dropped for the more peripheral route 3.

source: Strassenbahnen Yahoogroup

This news item is from the 2011 newslog.


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