FRANCE: A ceremony at the site of the future Fort d’Issy-Vanves-Clamart-Malakoff station on June 4 marked the start of work on the Grand Paris Express project, as well as the launch of an artistic and cultural programme to accompany it.

Work has begun on the 33 km Line 15 South, linking Pont de Sèvres and Noisy-Champs. Being built at a projected cost of €5·3bn, this is due to open in 2022. Each of the 16 stations will eventually connect with a metro, tram or RER line.

Further phases would create a 75 km orbital route running entirely underground. Work is divided into three parts, with both the eastern and western segments to be built in two phases. Société du Grand Paris is managing the southern and western sections, whereas the eastern section is being managed by regional transport authority STIF.

Grand Paris Express envisages construction of 200 route-km of automated metro lines and 68 stations by 2030. The plan also includes lines 16, 17 and 18, as well as extensions of lines 11 and 14.

  • A feature article on Grand Paris Express appears in the December 2014 issue of Metro Report International, available to subscribers in our digital archive.