FRANCE: Project promoter Société du Grand Paris announced on February 1 that it had awarded a joint venture led by Bouygues Travaux Publics a €968m contract to undertake civil works on Section T2A of Line 15 South of the Grand Paris Express network, running from Villejuif Louis-Aragon to Créteil l’Echat.

The contract includes the construction of a 6∙6 km double-track tunnel with an internal diameter of 8∙7 m, as well as an access shaft for the two TBMs to be deployed on the project. The joint venture will also undertake civil works for the stations at Créteil l’Echat, Vert-de-Maisons, Les Ardoines and Vitry Centre.

Work is expected to start during the second quarter of 2017 for completion during 2020. As well as Bouygues TP, the joint venture includes Soletanche Bachy France, Soletanche Bachy Tunnels, BESSAC and SADE.

‘The award of this important contract marks the start of launching a massive programme of works in 2017’, said Société du Grand Paris President Philippe Yvin. ‘This year, Société du Grand Paris will be investing €1∙056bn to build the new metro.’