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Inauguration of a carpooling park in the south of Dijon (France)

APRR Group

On Thursday 27 October, the representatives of APRR motorways, the Dijon metropolitan area and the town of Fénay inaugurated the Fénay carpooling park near the A311, south of Dijon (Côte-d'Or): a response to the needs of motorway customers and an approach that is in line with sustainable development and the ecological transition, to which the project's stakeholders are resolutely committed.

Ghislaine Baillemont, APRR's deputy director general in charge of infrastructure and concessions, François Rebsamen, mayor of Dijon and president of Dijon métropole, and Laurent Gobet, mayor of Fénay, met on Thursday 27 October to inaugurate the Fénay carpooling park, near the A311 motorway and the No. 48 Dijon-Sud interchange.
 
The work, carried out in partnership between Dijon métropole and APRR, consisted of developing and securing an area used daily by 20 to 30 vehicles. Today, the platform has 49 standard spaces accessible to people with reduced mobility (PRM). The space also includes a shelter for carpoolers, a marked path for pedestrians and a fixed waste bin. The signage has been reinforced and a gantry adapted to the size of light vehicles now marks the entrance and exit of this carpooling area.
 
"Carpooling is a habit that is becoming firmly rooted in everyday life and makes it easier to share vehicles for leisure or work-related trips," explains Ghislaine Baillemont, deputy director general of APRR. "Carpooling is becoming more and more popular every day in major cities and urban areas, as it is economical, safe and practical thanks to the car parks."
 
This new space promotes sustainable mobility and meets the challenges of ecological transition. The pavement of the area recovers rainwater thanks to its permeable material and the car park is equipped with solar-powered street lamps. As part of the 2018-2022 Motorway Investment Plan, the operation, which cost a total of €320,000, was financed to the tune of €73,330 by Dijon metropole and €246,670 by APRR motorways. "To date, on the APRR & AREA networks, we have nearly 5,700 carpooling spaces at 110 sites near our motorways," says Ghislaine Baillemont.

© Photo : Philippe Maupetit-Ville de Dijon