In terms of transport, Grand Paris plans to develop a fully automated métro line which will encircle Paris, called “Grand Paris Express”, as well as extensions to existing lines. 200 km long, equivalent to the existing Paris metro network, the project is of a scale unprecedented in the capital since the construction of the regional railway (RER) lines in the 1960s and 1970s.
The aim of the project is to improve transport within the Greater Paris Region (particularly transport from suburb to suburb) but also to create employment and support development in territories that are currently isolated.
To achieve this, four new métro lines will be developed: lines 15, 16, 17 and 18, while other lines are to be extended (lines 14 and 11). Upon completion, this new metro network will serve 72 stations (including 57 new stations), which will be strongly interlinked with the existing transport network, and will link the three airports and the high-speed railway (TGV) stations.
Thanks to the new network’s many connections with métro lines, RER, train lines and tramways, mobility in the region will be enhanced and will ensure better connections between residential and employment areas, without requiring changes in the centre of Paris. Upon completion, 2 million passengers will use the network on a daily basis. Residents as well as businesses will benefit from this new, more effective and linked-up network.
The network is planned to gradually come into service between 2017 and 2030.