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Nantes (FR)

Created on January, 1st 2001, Nantes Métropole (the Greater Nantes) is a local authority bringing together 24 municipalities among which the core city Nantes. It represents 590 000 inhabitants over an area of 52 336 hectares and should see its population increase by 100 000 inhabitants by 2030.  The Greater Nantes has several competences fully delegated from the constituent municipalities, including all public transport and mobility related issues but also urban planning and public works.

The inhabitants of Nantes Métropole make 2 million journeys a day. Knowing that transport generates 29% of the metropolitan area's greenhouse-gas effect emissions and that in parallel, the Sustainable Energy Action Plan aims at a 30% decrease in GHG emissions per inhabitant by 2020 with respect to 2003, mobility in the conurbation is a key issue.

Hence, Nantes Métropole has defined ambitious goals for transport in successive urban mobility plans (see key element sof the on going SUMP).

The current SUMP (2010-2015-2030) is Nantes' third mobility plan and set in 2010 the following objectives:

Lastly, Nantes was awarded European Green Capital for 2013, in recognition of its work and efforts in the field of environmental protection and planned development over more than twenty years.
The interests of the city cover the four pillars addressed by POLIS.

Nantes Métropole is involved in BIKE2WORK, SITE and CASCADE.

  • Member Type: Full Member
  • Management Committee: NA
General Information
  • Land area: 520 km²
  • Total population: 594,000 inhabitants
  • Population density: 1,142 hab/km²
Road network length
  • Motorways: 100 km
  • Main roads: 700 km
  • Secondary roads: 2,800 km
  • Cycling network: 469 km
Traffic volume
  • Traffic volume: NA
Public transport
  • Metro: NA
  • Tram: 299,200 trips/day
  • Bus: 120,100 trips/day - 36,200 trips/day for BHLS - 81,600 trips/day for Chronobus
Modal split
  • Car: 50,9
  • Public transport: 15,8
  • Cycling: 4,5
  • Walking: 26,8
  • Other 2