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Châtelet–Les Halles RER hub

As part of the urban redevelopment of the Les Halles area being undertaken by Paris City Council, the Châtelet–Les Halles RER hub is undergoing major refurbishment to allow it to serve customers better.

Initiated by Paris City Council, the Les Halles redevelopment project provides for the improvement of the Châtelet–Les Halles RER hub, which lies at the heart of the Ile-de-France public transport system, being used by more than 750,000 passengers each day.

Châtelet–Les Halles has more passengers and trains than any other underground station in the world. After 30 years of operation, major improvements to this heavily frequented station had become indispensible. An initiative conceived in partnership with the Ile-de-France Region, Paris City Council, STIF and Espace Expansion, the renovation of the site has several aims:

  • To help “open up” the station by improving accessibility: not only by making it easier to find in the city, but by facilitating access for people with reduced mobility;
  • To improve quality of service and passenger comfort (walkways, spaces, etc.) ;
  • To improve the fire safety system and evacuation conditions.

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As a key player in the day-to-day operation of the station, RATP was appointed project owner. The technical complexity inherent in such a project is further increased by the fact that the station will remain open and accessible to transport users throughout the execution of the works.

Key facets of the project

The project aims to construct a new identity for the station, making it more welcoming and easier to navigate. To this end, RATP's actions include:

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  • The creation of a major new entrance in Place Marguerite de Navarre. This is a key aspect of the project, which will not only provide quick, direct access to the metro and RER, but also create an above-ground structure dedicated to the station.
  • The extension of the Berger and Rambuteau entrances from level -3 to level -4. The installation of new escalators between these two levels will make it easier to get to the passenger hall from the shopping centre.
  • The renovation, restructuring and expansion of the RER passenger hall.

Following a call for tenders, RATP selected architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutti to redesign the station and its entrances.

Partners and funding



Cost and funding

The estimated cost of the project is €129.8 million excluding tax (in the economic conditions of December 2008).

The project is being funded by:

  • Paris City Council and the Ile-de-France Region, as part of a private contract between the Region and the Department
  • The RATP, from its site renovation budget.


Redevelopment of the RER passenger halls €54.7 million + VAT
Conversion of Berger car parks €12 million + VAT
Creation of Marguerite de Navarre entrances €51.8 million + VAT
Extension of Rambuteau entrance €3.9 million + VAT
Extension of Berger entrance €7.4 million + VAT


Provisional schedule

Validation of block diagram May 2009
Public surveys on the transport project Dec. 2009 / Jan. 2010
Start of works End of 2012
Start of works on the Marguerite de Navarre entrance Early 2013
Opening of the new Marguerite de Navarre entrance April 2016
Opening of renovated and restructured passenger hall End of 2017