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Paris Tram T3b
Tramway line T3 is the first modern tramway in Paris, since the closure of the previous system in 1937. The line runs in its own section of the roadway of connecting Pont de Garigliano and Porte d'Ivry in an average of 26 minutes. It carried 25 million passengers in its first year of operation.
Pandrol delivered 14'000 Nabla-Tram base-plates in 2016/2017 to our customer Colas Rail as part of the western extension of the Paris tram line T3b, between "Porte de la Chapelle" and "Porte d'Asnières". This extension is of approx. 4.3 km long, including 8 new stations covering both 18th and 17th districts ("arrondissements") of Paris. Commercial operations are expected to start in November 2018.
The Brussels Public Transport Company (MIVB/STIB) manages a tramway network covering more than 300 km of single track. Every year, a part of the network is upgraded. For this track-upgrading program in downtown Brussels, particular attention was given to vibration control and in August 2005, Pandrol was asked to supply the materials and the technical assistance for the installation of a Floating Slab track (FST) in the "Rue du Bailli", near the centre of Brussels.
This route included 380 metres of double tramway track. The supplied Pandrol materials consisted of a horizontal as well as a vertical elastic mat, and a special design with adapted transition stiffness on the Floating Slab Track perimeter. After installation of the floating slab track, MIVB/STIB had vibration measurements performed by a specialised company. These measurements showed excellent performance of the FS, resulting in more than 20 dBV reduction at 63 Hz.