Since 1983 this city in Northern France has its VAL metro which is the world's most extensive driverless metro system. Many of the elevated stations are remarkable buildings.
Photo: Porte de Valenciennes station.
All metro stations in Lille are designed distinctly and come in a wide variety of architectural shapes. Most of the stations are underground. Many works of art can be found in Lille's VAL system, including sculptures and murals.
Photo: Platform level of Gare Lille Europe station with huge murals and a reflecting pool.
Building materials include different kinds of natural stone, stainless steel, wood, bricks or tiles. In one station (Montebello), live fish in aquariums at platform level provide an interesting distraction for waiting passengers.
Photo: Platform level of Montebello station with aquariums on the walls and wooden parquet flooring.
VAL family Members: Chicago (O'Hare Airport people mover), Lille, Paris (Orlyval, CDGVal airport trains), Rennes, Taipei, Toulouse, Turin, Uijeongbu, Characteristics: Sleek, small, automated, rubber-tyred metros. Platforms are usually short and have platform screen doors.