Roissy – Charles de Gaulle airport is currently linked to the RER B and also has a high-speed railway station (TGV). Line 17 of the future Grand Paris Express will add to this public transport offering by 2024.
Despite this, the overall public transport service for Europe’s second largest airport, with 62 million passengers in 2013, which was largely met by the RER B, is not good enough. Having experienced numerous running problems and congestion, the RER B is not suitable to accommodate both tourists and daily commuter traffic. As a result, 80% of journeys between Paris and Roissy – Charles de Gaulle are carried out by road.
The CDG Express is a project which aims to provide a direct link from the Gare de l’Est station to the airport hub at Roissy – Charles de Gaulle by rail, as is the case in other global cities. The idea is to provide a rapid and direct connection from the capital to the airport with no stops at intermediate stations. The journey time will be 20 minutes with trains leaving every 15 minutes.
The project, which has been moved around, will finally be undertaken by Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) and ADP. Currently, an overarching company, that brings together two State institutions, will be responsible for carrying out additional studies into forecasting the traffic on this line. The company will also be responsible for managing the project as a whole. Work should start in 2017 and is due to be completed by 2023.
The cost of carrying out the project is estimated at €1.7 billion. The financing of the project will come from the revenue made from the cost of a ticket, that should be around €23. ADP and RFF have also agreed to invest, while the additional money required will come from loans. There will be no government subsidies, nor regional government subsidies.