Tram des Nations
#tramdesnations Urban project and soft mobility in the context of the extension of the tram from Place des Nations to Grand-Saconnex and Ferney-Voltaire
Revealing and enhancing Geneva's identity
The Tram des Nations will be an efficient and high capacity mode of transport. Its realisation will respond to the changing needs of existing neighbourhoods in evolution, providing liaisons for soft and collective modes of transport along the historic axe connecting Grand-Saconnex and Ferney-Voltaire with the center of Geneva. This project is an opportunity to develop new public spaces that preserve and enhance existing qualities (environment, landscape, heritage). The Tram des Nations should be considered as both a transport project and an urban development project.
Restitching the territory
The tram will connect the different territories it crosses. Building a tramway also means developing new public spaces and linkages with different parts of the city by valuing attractive places whilst strengthening their accessibility and interconnectivity. The Route de Ferney, currently acting as a separation barrier, could become a seam linking either side of the road.
A project for the Agglomeration
The tram is accompanying development projects that are currently underway all along the the Route de Ferney. The Tram des Nations is responding to challenges around mobility and connectivity in these evolving urban areas. As a catalyst for creating new public spaces, enhancing the landscape and promoting sustainable development, the project aims to build new tram stops within immediate proximity to new urban projects. The stops are being conceived to become liaisons between active places and the new multi-modal artery mobility infrastructure, with particular attention being paid to the needs of Persons with Reduced Mobility. The Tram des Nations reveals the identity of the neighbourhoods it passes through, whilst respecting the surrounding urban and landscaped context . It respects the unique landscape identity of this area known as the "park city".
A project for mobility and the environment
We are living in the context of a climate emergency, as declared by the Council of State 'Conseil d'Etat. The tram is an ecological mode of transport that responds to the challenges posed by global warming. The objective is for the Route de Ferney to become a green route: a major axe for green mobility accompanied by an improvement of transversal connectivity to local neighbourhoods. To facilitate the mobility transition, strategic locations need to be developed where users can efficiently change their mode of transport. The P47 is one example where it will be possible to park your car in the periphery and access International Geneva together with other parts of the City by tram.
A central role for nature
At the scale of the Canton of Geneva, the Tram des Nations networks and brings coherence to a system of parcs and connecting green spaces. The landscaping project associated with the new tram infrastructure creates a green axis linking the parks together, reinforcing the green fabric of Greater Geneva. Only with infrastructure projects of this dimension are we able to give a central place to a landscaped structure that consolidates a continuous green network and corridor of biodiversity from the airport to the lake. The Tram des Nations will allow for the planning of different development zones to be integrated into the remarkable landscape heritage of this territory. This project of high environmental quality enhances and reinforces existing vegetation and addresses the problematic of rainwater management.