Focus on investments
Upgrading and extending the transport networks in Île-de-France is a key priority: in December 2011, RATP’s Board of Directors approved a further 25% increase in investments to €1,851 million versus €1,481 million in 2011.
A total of more than €5 billion have been invested in upgrading and extending the Île-de-France networks from 2008 to 2011. 2012 is set to be a record year for extension work, with many projects to extend metro and tram lines. Other lines will be put into service in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Two new metro stations in 2012
The Paris metro line 8 extension was completed in 2011. Work continues on the southward extension of line 4 (to Mairie de Montrouge) and the northward extension of line 12 (to Front Populaire) and is scheduled for completion at the end of 2012. The new line 4 extension project to Bagneux has been agreed and awarded to RATP. It will comprise two new stations and is scheduled to open at the end of 2019. The total budget is €376 million. The line 12 extension project – going beyond the future Front Populaire station as far as the Mairie d’Aubervilliers – continued during the year with tunnel boring work using Elodie. The line 14 extension to the Mairie de Saint-Ouen has also been agreed.
Soon, Europe’s third largest tram network
Taking account of all the projects currently in progress, the Île-de-France tram network will have a total length of more than 105 kilometres by 2015 and will be Europe’s third largest in terms of ridership, with more than 800,000 passengers carried a year. Four of these tramway projects (two extensions and two new lines) will be completed by the end of 2012: T1 westward extension (Saint-Denis to Asnières - Gennevilliers), T2 northward extension (La Défense to Pont de Bezons), new T3 eastern arc (Porte d’Ivry to Porte de la Chapelle) and the new T5 (Saint-Denis to Garges-Les-Gonesses). These completions will be followed by the T7 (Villejuif to Athis Mons) in 2013, the T6 (Châtillon to Vélizy-Virofl ay) in 2014 and 2015 and the T8 (Saint-Denis to Epinay and Villetaneuse) in 2014.
“In 2015, the Île-de-France tram network will be Europe’s third largest in terms of ridership, with more than 800,000 passengers carried a year”
Sixteen bus lines, including five Noctilien night lines, now have increased service frequencies, particularly during peak times and in the evenings. In September, the route was traced out for the 6.8 kilometres of new bus lanes and the ten new stations between Thiais and the Sucy-Bonneuil RER station in the Val-de-Marne department south of Paris. The dedicated bus lanes are a real “red carpet” for the 393 bus, which now provides passengers with excellent service: absolute priority at crossroads, speed, regularity, safety and dynamic passenger information systems. The route has been designed so that it can ultimately be transformed into a tram line.
“Upgrading and extending our networks is one of RATP’s key priorities”