The opening of the Cannes - Grasse railroad
Thanks to the will of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the SNCF (French Railroad Company), RFF (French Rail Network) and the Department of the Alpes-Maritimes, the renovation and the electrification of the single-track line between Cannes and Grasse as well as the restoration of the station of Mouans-Sartoux and the building of a modern hall for the passengers in Grasse were made possible.
The financing of this new regional line
A civil engineering train in the station of Mouans-Sartoux
The electrification of this railroad was largely motivated by environmental concerns.
The electrified new railroad between Cannes and Grasse
The town of Grasse, well-known all over the world for its refined fragrances and bars of soap (the Fragonard factory), as well as the town of Mouans-Sartoux will benefit from this new direct rail link to Nice. There will also be three halts at Ranguin, La Frayère and Le Bosquet on this line.
The new halt of Ranguin
The new station of Grasse
The old station of Grasse
New modern electric trainsets (TER 2N NG Z 24500 - Z 26500 trains built by Alstom Transport) will be used on this new regional railway.
The Z 24500 railcar is a great evolution of the Z 23500 railcar previously bought by the Region. It will offer better comfort to the commuters.
The commercial speed of these regional trains will be 62 mph (100 kph).
One train per hour between Cannes and Grasse is announced as early as the end of the year 2004 with the opening of the line.
The TGV train and the regional trains in Provence