Lyon Metro Line C

Lyon Metro Line C

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Lyon Metro Line C (Fr. Ligne C du métro de Lyon) is the modern incarnation of an old cable-hauled railway operating on part of the current alignment. In 1891, the Funiculaire Croix-Rousse - Croix-Paquet (Croix-Rousse - Croix-Paquet Funicular) was opened, running between its namesake stations. After surviving the closure of the nearby funiculaire Rue Terme - Croix-Rousse in 1967, the funicular closed in 1972 for refurbishment, reopening in 1974 as Lyon Metro Line C. Its southern end was extended from Croix-Paquet to Hôtel-de-Ville (City Hall) in 1978; its northern end was extended to Cuire on December 8, 1984.

The line was constructed using various methods: a steep incline rising from a deep tunnel to an exposed trench, the level segment at Croix-Rousse using cut-and-cover, and the section beyond Hénon running on the surface. Croix Paquet station claims to be the steepest metro station in the world, with an incline of 17%. The repurposed allignment of the original funicular from Croix-Paquet to Croix-Rousse is among the world's oldest structures currently used by metro trains, having first opened in 1891.

List of the stations

  • Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel
  • Croix-Paquet
  • Croix-Rousse
  • Hénon
  • Cuire


  • December 9, 1974: Croix-Paquet -- Croix-Rousse
  • May 2, 1978: Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel -- Croix-Rousse
  • December 10, 1984: Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel -- Cuire

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