Work encompasses a 1.5km extension of Paris Line 14 to Saint-Denis Pleyel, complimenting work already underway on the line from Mairie de Saint-Ouen to Saint Denis Pleyel, and a 27km underground stretch of Line 16-17 between Saint Denis Pleyel and Noisy Champs. The projects are projected to cost €4bn and expected to be completed by 2023.

Initial tenders for construction contracts for Line 16 were issued by Société du Grand Paris (SGP), the public company responsible for managing planning and construction of the Grand Paris scheme, last week. This section of Line 16 will have 10 stations and will share a 6km section with Line 17, which will run from Saint Denis Pleyel to RER Bourget.

Stif says that these sections will ultimately transport 10% of Grand Paris passengers and provide straightforward access to residents of northeast Ile-de-France to important economic centres in the region, including Le Bourget airport, Villepinte exhibition centre, and Paris city centre. The project will also be a major asset to Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.