Platform 3 in the Denfert-Rochereau RER station now in operation
This new station platform will enable passengers arriving from the south to access the Denfert-Rochereau connecting hub when traffic is disrupted on the central trunk of the RER B, where traffic is particularly dense.
Offering numerous transport solutions (metro, bus, Orlybus and Vélib), this connection hub will enable passengers to continue travelling towards Paris, thereby improving the services delivered to hundreds of thousands of passengers using the RER B every day.
In the past: When a train blocked traffic at the entrance to Paris, certain trains arriving from Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse/Robinson had to be redirected to a terminus point to avoid the complete saturation of the line. Terminus points were chosen depending on the facilities that were available, typically in the Laplace or Cité Universitaire stations, which are equipped with turnaround tracks. Passengers had no other option but to wait for the next RER heading towards Paris.
Train halted following an alarm signal
Now: With the start-up of this new dedicated platform, intermediary terminus points can be organised in the Denfert-Rochereau station. This multimodal hub offers numerous transport solutions (metro, bus, Orlybus and Vélib), enabling passengers to continue on their way to Paris.
This renovation project is part of the RER B master plan decided by STIF, the Organising Authority for public transport in the Paris Île-de-France region, in association with the French State and the Île-de-France region. The master plan aims to improve regularity, manage disturbances and enhance passenger comfort on RER B.
The renovation of the platform will cost €7.3m, of which 30% is financed by the French State and 70% by the Ile-de-France region.
Built in 1842, Denfert-Rochereau is Paris’ oldest train station. It is listed as a historical monument.
Platform 3, which was used until recently to park trains and did not handle any passengers, has existed in this configuration since 1937.
The Denfert-Rochereau train station from 1930 to 2014
Changes in the use of platform 3
Between 1930 and 1987
Track 3 and platform 3 were both in use. The station’s current configuration was created during line electrification in 1937. The platform canopy dates from this period.
Before October 2013
Track 3 was used to park trains, and tracks 5 and 7 for parking construction engines. The platform canopy was still in place.
Track 3 enables passengers arriving from the south to access the Denfert-Rochereau connecting hub when traffic is disrupted on the central trunk of the RER B, where traffic is particularly dense.