When it comes to roads and transport, Orne Council’s role is to:

  • Modernise road links
  • Improve safety
  • Make it as easy as possible to get from one point to another in the department.

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The department’s road network

Some 200,000 drivers take to the roads in the Orne every day. As the result of laws on decentralisation, Orne Council is now responsible for the major part of the road network in the department (local “D” roads and the former national highways).

In Orne, there are many, sometimes quite narrow roads serving rural communities, and other bigger roads linking the urban centres. Overall, the Council is responsible for just over 5,800km of roads, divided into three categories.

Orne Council has two main missions, aimed at improving security and comfort for all road users:

  • Modernising the local « D » roads
  • Maintaining the road network

Four council-run infrastructure agencies and nearly 280 agents all work to maintain, operate and modernise the road network.

Transport and mobility

Orne Council is also responsible for inter-urban transport across the department. It manages the Cap Orne public transport network, letting local people travel from one point to another at an affordable price (fare of €2) . In addition to this local service, it also provides transport for 17,000 school children and students, attending classes from nursery school to high school. In all, nearly 1.7 million passengers use the Council’s coach service each year, with the total budget coming to €18 million in 2010.

In a rural department, public transport does however have its limits. It cannot fulfil every travel requirement. As an alternative to public transport, Orne Council set up a car-sharing website in 2007- covoiturage dans l'Orne – to encourage this new way of getting around. Car-sharing is less expensive, generates less air pollution and is a friendlier way to travel, and people are gradually adopting it.