For the next 18 months, from April 2012 to September 2013, the Lozère station (RER B) located in the town of Palaiseau will undergo renovations to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities, as well as a general refurbishment. The station will be transformed, making it more practical, welcoming and liveable for all.
The renovation project, financed by the Ile-de-France Region for a total of €4.8 million and overseen by RATP, will transform the station and its surroundings to make it accessible for all and more operational. The station will remain open during renovation.
Lifts will be installed, equipment replaced, facilities brought up to standard, services added, buildings refurbished and spaces renovated, so that the station will be particularly adapted for persons with specific needs - such as the elderly, or sight impaired, or persons with disabilities - who are still too often deprived of access to public transport.
The renovation project entails:
- Installation of two lifts at both ends of the
underpass, to allow passage from one side to the other side of the tracks,
making it possible to reach either platform,
- Replacement of the footbridge with a new one that complies with accessibility standards for the sight impaired (height of steps, step surface coating, handrails and lighting),
- Creation of two new parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities,
- Renovation of the underpass, including improved lighting,
- Installation of a new automatic ticket distributor at the station’s second entrance, located on rue Charles Péguy,
- Doubling of the number of bike spaces available on either side of the footbridge,
- Planting of trees around the station.
The footbridge that currently straddles the RER B tracks was built in 1974. It has been replaced by a new structure that complies with the latest accessibility standards for the sight impaired.
The new footbridge
During this period, we will renovate the underpass, build shafts for the new lifts and revamp the platforms and roadways around the station.
As of 1 June 2012, the public underpass between rue Parmentier and rue Charles Péguy will be closed. Access to the RER as well as pedestrian traffic from one side of Palaiseau to the other will be possible solely via the footbridge, which will remain open exceptionally both day and night during the 11 month period.
Measures will be taken to direct traffic flows, with the installation of the necessary signs and direction indicators. For information on bus service, contact the local bus company.
During summer 2013, the renovation project will enter its final phase. The new lifts will be installed and tested before they open to the public, the locale designed to house the new ticket vending machines will be built, and the final renovation of the nearby roadways will be completed.
The underpass will reopen (without lift service) in April 2013. The footbridge will return to its normal opening hours, which correspond to those of the station.
From rue Ferdinand Forest, the station will be accessible solely through the main building. Rue Charles Péguy will have partially alternating single lane traffic.
To plan your trip, refer to the construction site panels and to the information letters that are sent whenever necessary to residents who live in the vicinity of Lozère station.
An information brochure is freely available in the Lozère station’s sales area.
RATP staff is also on hand to answer your questions.
Replacing the RER footbridge in pictures
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