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Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France (Europe)

Date of opening25 Apr 1983
Network length45.5 km (28.28 mi)
Stations62 (60*)
Lines2        Line history
Stations per line31.00
Avg. station distance758 m (0.47 mi)
Avg. line length22.75 km (14.14 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 14 Sep 2008
System typemetro (known as Métro)
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)263,000 (as of 2009)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)5,780 (3,590)
Fare collectionHonour system
TrackRight, gauge: 2060 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 750 V
Air-conditioned trainsNo
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trainsYes
Driverless linesVAL (since 1983)
Platform screen doorsVAL, all stations
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Source: jpg, © 2009

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Upcoming Openings

 2019 – Southern Line B extension to Labège-Innopole. 5 km, 4 stations.

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 2 stars (silver)  Lille

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.

Relationships with Other Metros

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.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

The very same buzzing sound as in Paris. A pre-recorded female voice announces the next station shortly before arriving: "[station name]".


  Lille photo gallery.

Handpicked Resources Official website

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Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
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