Line 3 of the Grenoble LRT
Line 3 of the Grenoble light-rail transit system, which connects on an east-west line the communes of Seyssins, Seyssinet-Pariset, Grenoble, Saint-Martin d'Hères and Gières, was entered into service in May 2006. With its 13.5 km of new tracks and 26 stations, it can serve up to 16% of the city's population as well as the university campus. Eurovia Alpes, through its division in Grenoble, led the construction consortium. Eurovia teams built the façade-to-façade infrastructure beyond the tracks; their work included earthworks, storm and sanitation sewers, signs and markings, public lighting, and paving.
To comply with project milestones and allow traffic to flow on public streets and private roads at all times, a special structure was set up. Experienced teams from the Grenoble division were assisted by teams and equipment from other regional entities, namely, Eurovia Lyon, Eurovia Bourg-en-Bresse, Eurovia Montmélian, Smag, Perino Bordone-Sassi BTP and Jouanny SN. Co-contractors Carron SAS, EVD and Biasini carried out earthworks, green space development and roadwork, respectively.
On this large-scale project, Eurovia recruited people who had difficulty finding work, in accordance with a special clause applying to contractors. In addition to recruitment through its "major worksite" cell set up by the urban community, Eurovia established a training centre near the worksite to provide new recruits with basic knowledge, such as safety measures and the various types of worksite activities. It is worth noting that Eurovia was the first company in the region to sign a Cared contract (Contrats d'aide et de retour à l'emploi durable, an initiative designed to promote workplace reintegration) with the Rhone-Alpes regional council to support 24 job-seekers whose training was co-funded by regional authorities.
Thanks to Eurovia Alpes, the Grenoble LRT initiative is a beacon project in terms of effective mobilization and coordination.