2024 Olympics: Châteauroux Métropole adapts its bus service for the shooting events

2024 Olympics: Châteauroux Métropole adapts its bus service for the shooting events
2024 Olympics: Châteauroux Métropole adapts its bus service for the shooting events

The service will start 1h30 before the events and will end 1h30 after. Spectators arrived at Châteauroux station will be able to board at the exit of the train, with their ticket for the events. Free transport at the end of a particularly marked route, with branded buses, three of which are entirely in the now very well-known colors of the 2024 Olympic Games. In addition to the 3 completely redecorated buses, the other vehicles will be branded and the route marked. In total, The fleet dedicated to the 2024 Olympic Games will be able to increase from 3 to 8 additional vehicles during the eventsincluding a shuttle for visitors with disabilities. Athletes and accredited accompanying persons will be transported by PARIS 2024.

Phryge and the colours of the 2024 Olympic Games stuck on a Horizon bus © Radio France
Alexandre Motto

With the summer holidays part of the bus service will be redeployed for the event.Some vehicles will run on the network, but we have enough vehicles to ensure that we only take care of the morning and evening shuttles for spectators.” explains Pascal Milin, operations manager at Keolis Chateauroux. Ticket checks and searches will be carried out before boarding on a platform at Place Voltaire, the starting point and end point of the public transport route provided by the Horizon network.

Horizon bus in the colors of the 2024 Olympic Games © Radio France
Alexandre Motto

These visitors from all over the world will be accompanied from the station platform to the JO bus platform. Gil Avérous, the mayor of Châteauroux, describes the journey of a visitor as he leaves the train.There is always someone next to you who can advise you, to guide you, to reassure you if you need it. As soon as you get off the train on the station platform, there are SNCF staff. When you leave the station, you immediately come across the tourist office bungalow. If you cross the forecourt, there is a police recruitment post there, but with police officers who can advise you. You arrive at Place Voltaire, you have volunteers who guide you to get you on the right bus because there are several buses that are decorated with the Olympic colours, but not all of them go to the national shooting centre at the same time, so there is no way of getting lost.” Last stop on arrival at the CNTS, another shuttle will come and pick up spectators from the parking lotwith 1,000 places and guarded 24/7.

Sports shooter motif in the colors of the 2024 Olympic Games stuck on a Horizon bus © Radio France
Alexandre Motto

We can see that the flow of spectators has been closely examined, no doubt for security reasons, but also to contribute to the fluidity of the stay. Olympic time and to the memory of this visit to the land of Châteauroux.”Everything is done to ensure that the visitor experience, to use the official term, is the best possible and that people leave Châteauroux saying it wasn’t Paris but it was really nice and we had a good time and a day of great pleasure.“.

An adaptable transport offer

Spectators are likely to be numerous. Forecasts for the Olympic shooting events indicate very variable attendances. For example, on July 28 for the qualifications in the “10 m Range” shooting event, in fact air pistol or rifle shooting events, at 10 meters, nearly 400 spectators are expected, while the following day for the women’s and men’s 10 meter rifle finals, More than 2,500 spectators are expected during the day. The bus service will therefore adapt its sails. Jérémy Pagliara, head of the travel service at Châteauroux Métropole, explains that it is indeed possible to get there throughout the day.There will be reinforcements in the morning and evening depending on the number of spectators. During the day, we have a gauge of 400 spectators, we will then have 3 to 4 vehicles and during the day we expect 3500 spectators on the site, there will be eight vehicles departing from Voltaire or departing from the CNTS“There should be 30% of visitors coming by train, the rest will travel to Châteauroux by car.

The colors of the games

The buses entirely in the colors of Paris 2024 amaze with the bright contrast of colors. The Horizon network fleet has 3 fully decorated buses. Each of them requires 16 hours of meticulous work by two decoration goldsmiths, including Christian Granger, a professional decorator.We print vinyl prints according to a model and then, once the prints are done, we place everything on the entire structure, on the sides, on the back and on the windows which are three different shades. Blue, red, and green. We cannot deviate from the colours of Paris 2024. All shapes, even logos are approved.” In a way the exterior surface of the vehicles is completely covered with adhesives. “There are still 18 meters of vinyl on the buses. The vinyl deforms and conforms to the surface.” A kind of sports shooter’s precision.

Horizon bus in the colors of the Olympic Games © Radio France
Alexandre Motto

These colours must be applied in a very technical way, in order to comply with safety standards. “At the Olympic Games, we use what we call micro-perforated vinyl. It’s a vinyl that is filled with small holes that from the inside, you can see what’s happening outside. It’s as if there was no vinyl. On the other hand, from the outside, you can see all the patterns, which makes the bus pretty.” The motifs give way to the Phryges, the mascots of the Olympic Games and the Paralympics. An immediately recognizable visual impact, without needing to speak the language. We find the universalist objective of the Olympic Games confirmed by light strips inside buses that will provide information in several languages. On one of the decorated buses, a drawing of a phryge, probably too comfortable on his bus, drops a tray with a coffee and a croissant, a less universal message but just as recognizable by visitors from all over the world, the French breakfast. Depending on the day, the service will start at 7am, the opportunity for the early risers to aim right with their croissant, a bit like a champion of sport shooting would do.

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