Winners “Inventons la métropole” call for projects announced

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Winners “Inventons la métropole” call for projects announced

One year after launch, the winners of the “Inventons la métropole” call for projects were revealed on 18 October at the Pavillon Baltard.

Distributed across the city, this call for projects enabled the selection of 51 sites (suggested by mayors) out of the 153 final groupings considered between 18 September and 13 October. 19 of the 51 sites are located near to a future station on the Grand Paris Express, representing 50 hectares, or 50% of the space put forward for the consultation. The winners are twenty developers as well as investors (sometimes both) and over 100 teams of architects.

The President of the MGP, Patrick Ollier also benefited from the event to announce that there will be an “Inventons la Métropole 2” in 2018.

Gare des Ardoines, here we go!

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Gare des Ardoines, here we go!

The SNCF has now started work on the GPE interchange for Ardoines station. This is a major development with costs estimated at €60 million, financed by the State, the region and SGP. This complex project aims to build the underground passages to provide a connection between Line 15 and the RER C. This 30m concrete passage, which will weigh 2,500 tonnes, will be built on site, and will pass through the water table when it is installed in May 2018.

Last line of the GPE declared to be of public interest

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Last line of the GPE declared to be of public interest

Line 18 has been declared to be of public interest in the Official Journal. This 35km line will serve 7 stations between Orly and Saclay from 2024 and will then be extended through to Versailles by 2030. As such, the five lines on the Grand Paris Express (14, 15, 16, 17, and 18) have all been declared to be of public interest.

CDG Express’ incomes

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CDG Express’ incomes

Once built, this line that will provide a 20-minute connection from Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport, will have two revenue streams. Firstly, there is a toll charge payable by the line operator (appointed in 2018) to run its trains (with a variable proportion based on the number of passengers). The second will be a tax levied on all ticket sales for journeys starting or ending at Charles de Gaulle Airport (excluding interchanges). Confirmed in December, this tax will only be applicable from April 2024 and not from 2017 as had previously been indicated; the level (set by ministerial decree) will also be capped at €1.40.

Overview of Line 15

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Overview of Line 15

The first 10 tunnelling machines will not make an appearance until 2018, but developments along Line 15 are still flourishing and many stations are already under construction. Concrete “boxes” that are 109 metres long and 22-25 metres wide have been installed at basement level. These have been installed by ‘sliding’: the ‘box’ is manufactured on the surface and is then ‘slid’ underground. Those at Champigny station attracted quite a crowd last January; the 3.600-tonne reinforced concrete creation travelled 47 metres, propelled by four jacks into the railway embankment. The next will be at the Fort d’Issy-Vanves-Clamart station on the 15th August, followed by Cachan on All Saint’s Day. At over 40 metres underground, Villejuif-Institut Gustave Roussy station will be one of the deepest stations on Line 15 as the institute is based on a mound – even so the station should benefit from natural daylight.

SGP acquires part of the PSA’s land holdings

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SGP acquires part of the PSA’s land holdings

Since the PSA group’s departure of Aulnay-sous-Bois in 2013, 160 hectares of industrial wasteland has been waiting for its future to be determined. This is now, partially, concluded as the Société du Grand Paris has acquired 28 hectares from the French industrial group. This site (the clean-up for which will be the responsibility of PSA) will be the home of the management centre for the Grand Paris Express where over 400 people will work.

The northern section of Line 17 declared to be of public interest

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The northern section of Line 17 declared to be of public interest

Following the southern section at the end of 2015, the northern section of Line 17 of the Grand Paris Express was also declared to be in the public interest in a decree published in the Official Journal. This 20km section will extend from the current RER station in Le Bourget through to Mesnil-Amelot to the north of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport. The full line is due to come into service by 2030 with a first stage in 2024 for the section from Saint-Denis Pleyel to Charles de Gaulle Airport. The board of enquiry has also recommended further extending the line to Nanterre-la-Folie after 2030.

Eole, here we go!

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Eole, here we go!

It’s done – the budget for RER E has been set and an additional €400 million has been allocated to the project, taking the total financing for the extension of RER E to the West to €2 billion. Work has also begun in parallel in Porte Maillot as well as in Courbevoie where the drilling of shafts is now underway. The first is to be fitted with an acoustic hangar to minimise noise pollution linked to the tunnelling (with no tunnelling equipment adapted to the specific constraints of the concrete pedestrian area of La Défense) and will be filled in when work is completed. The second, (through which a tunnelling machine – equipped with an acoustic hangar – will pass) and the third will be used to remove mud and other excavated material as well as providing access for emergency services. A base is also to be built on the Quais de Seine for the excavated material to be taken away by barge.

CDG Express confirmed

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CDG Express confirmed

The CDG Express shuttle was definitively confirmed by the Senate on 20 December following agreement by the National Assembly a day earlier. This rail link will provide a direct connection from the Gare de l’Est to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (terminal 2) in 20 minutes with trains leaving every 15 minutes.

While agreement may not be unanimous, particularly with a €24 travel cost, it has been highlighted that current services from Charles de Gaulle Aiport fall short of passenger and tourist expectations of an international airport. A monthly pass at preferential rates may be made available to airport staff.

Agreement signed for the Grand Paris Nord University Hospital Campus

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Agreement signed for the Grand Paris Nord University Hospital Campus

The partnership agreement for the development of the future Grand Paris Nord university hospital campus was signed on the 19 December by the Saint-Ouen town hall and the various Campus stakeholders. This new public support establishment, Paris Hospitals (AP-HP), will be located at ZAC des Docks de Saint-Ouen and is set to combine several existing structures on a single site. A public consultation is to be arranged from the 27 January to the 17 March to enable dialogue between staff, residents, etc… Construction for the Campus is currently scheduled to start in 2020 with a planned completion in 2025.