October 11, 2012

Paris Line 14 extension granted public utility status

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St Lazare, the current northern terminus of Line 14. St Lazare, the current northern terminus of Line 14. Neil Pulling

CONSTRUCTION of the first phase of the ambitious Grand Paris express metro network has moved a step closer after the planned 5.8km extension of Line 14 from St Lazare to Mairie de St Ouen was granted public utility status.

The four-station extension will eventually form part of the northern section of the 28km Grand Paris Blue Line and will relieve Line 13 north of St Lazare, which is one of the most congested sections of the Paris Metro.

The plans will be submitted to the boards of Ile de France Transport Authority (STIF) and Paris Transport Authority (RATP) in December and construction should begin on the €1.2bn project in late 2013 with commissioning scheduled for 2017. The project includes construction of a new depot north of Clichy St Ouen RER station.

Public consultation is also now underway on the southern section of the orbital Red Line.

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