FRANCE: Project promoter Société du Grand Paris announced on July 3 that it had awarded the final two civil works contracts for Line 15 South, the 33 km driverless metro line that will run from Pont-de-Sèvres to Noisy-Champs.

Under a contract worth €513m, a joint venture led by Bouygues Travaux Publics and including Soletanche Bachy France, Soletanche Bachy Tunnels, Bessac and Sade is to build 4 km of bored tunnel and the stations at Pont-de-Sèvres and Issy RER.

At a cost of €156m, civil works for the station at Noisy-Champs and an approaching cut-and-cover tunnel are to be undertaken by a joint venture led by Vinci Construction France. The joint venture also includes Dodin Campenon Bernard, Spie Batignolles TPCI, Botte Fondations, Spie Fondations and Vinci Construction Grands Projets.

The total value of civil works contracts awarded to build Line 15 South is €3∙7bn. Société du Grand Paris says that by the end of 2017 work should be underway on 41 individual projects, the first of the 10 TBMs to be deployed will have been launched from Champigny and 4 000 people will be at work on the first line of the Grand Paris Express network.