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PRESS RELEASE

BEI/10/47

Dijon, 25 March 2010

Greater Dijon and the EIB work together to promote public transport with the construction of the Communauté d’Agglomération’s first two tramway lines

Mr François Rebsamen, Dijon’s Senator and Mayor and President of Greater Dijon, and Mr Philippe de Fontaine Vive Curtaz, EIB Vice-President, today signed the first EUR 100m finance contract for the construction of Dijon’s first two tramway lines. The EIB’s involvement in this project will eventually amount to EUR 200m, out of a total investment estimated at between EUR 400m and 450m.

This project is aimed at providing Greater Dijon with a public transport infrastructure that will serve to meet the travel requirements of the people who live there on a sustainable basis but also the Communauté d’Agglomération’s economic development. It is a large-scale project that will benefit more than 250 000 inhabitants of Greater Dijon every day, students and those travelling to and from work alike.

The EIB finance, totalling EUR 200m, will cover the following specific items:

  • the construction of the city of Dijon’s first two tramway lines (A and B), with 34 stations, extending over a total distance of 18.9 km. These new lines will provide a frequent service, serving the SNCF and the main residential districts and areas of economic activity in the suburbs, Quetigny and Chenôve, and the campus of the University of Burgundy, the Grésilles and Toison d’Or districts and the new commercial centre in Valmy;

  • the acquisition of 32 tram sets;

  • the construction of two park and ride facilities.

Mr Rebsamen said: “I am very pleased about this quality partnership with an institution that is able to support public authorities, particularly projects serving those living here such as the Greater Dijon tramway, while adhering fully to the relevant environmental requirements.”

Mr de Fontaine Vive expressed his satisfaction with the fact that this contract was being signed in the following terms: “I am very glad that the EIB is joining forces with Greater Dijon to build these two tramway lines that are essential for the development of Greater Dijon. Sustainable urban transport is an EU priority and a crucial component of the economic, social and human development that will contribute directly towards improving the daily quality of life of the inhabitants.”

This loan provides another example of the EIB’s ongoing priority operations being carried out in France. In 2009 alone, more than EUR 1bn was devoted to the modernisation of public transport. Thus the EIB was involved in 2009 in urban transport projects in Lyon and Bordeaux , as well as in Paris for the extension of the city’s tramway in the capital’s eastern districts, between Porte d’Ivry and Porte de la Chapelle.

Note to editors

A propos de the EIB and de son action en faveur des transports urbains

 The EIB inscrit ses financements pour les transports collectifs en site propre dans le cadre de son action en faveur d’un développement urbain durable visant une réduction des nuisances and une amélioration de la qualité de vie en milieu urbain. The EIB a apporté son concours à de nombreux projets de transport urbain, notamment ceux de Bordeaux,  Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Le Mans, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Orléans, Paris, Reims,  Strasbourg, Toulon, Toulouse and Valenciennes.  Sur la dernière décennie, les financements de the EIB en matière de transport urbain atteignent un total de 4 milliards d’euros en France and 23,7 milliards dans l’Union européenne, avec entre autres projets financés, ceux d'Athènes, Alicante, Barcelone, Bilbao, Bruxelles, Berlin, Valence, Lisbonne, Londres, Madrid, Munich, Düsseldorf, Manchester, Dublin, Budapest and Prague.

The EIB est la banque de l'Union européenne. Elle a pour mission d'accorder principalement des prêts à long terme en soutien de projets d'investissements viables, privés ou publics, qui réalisent les objectifs d'intégration, de cohésion and de développement de l'UE, déclinés en six politiques prioritaires: cohésion économique and sociale; protection de l'environnement naturel and urbain; recherche and innovation; soutien aux PME; réseaux de transports trans-européens and promotion d'une énergie sûre, compétitive and durable. En 2009, elle a accordé 70 milliards d’euros de financements dans l’Union européenne, ce qui représente une hausse de 36% par rapport aux 51,7 milliards d'euros prêtés en 2008. Toujours en 2009,  pour soutenir l’économie face à la crise, elle a accordé dans l’Union Européenne and hors de l’Union Européenne un total de financements de 79 milliards d'euros  en faveur des collectivités locales and des entreprises.

Press contacts:

EIB: Anne-Cécile Auguin, Press Officer – Communication Department

Mobile: +352 621 36 1948; e-mail: a.auguin@eib.org; EIB website: www.eib.org

City of Dijon: Fabian Forni, Assistant to Director for Communications and Press

Tél. : 03 80 74 70 70 - portable : 06 71 22 52 46 – courriel : fforni@ville-dijon.fr


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