Network modernisation

Behind the scenes of metro line 11 upgrading works

Things are moving along on metro line 11. The major works on the 6-kilometre line extension have just been completed. Now it’s time to put the finishing touches on the new stations! Details below.

Du nouveau du côté du matériel roulant

Depuis début juin 2023, de nouvelles rames, conçues par Alstom et financées par Île-de-France Mobilités, sont progressivement mises en service sur la ligne 11. A la fin de l'année, les 23 rames MP59 circulant actuellement seront ainsi remplacées par 20 nouveaux trains MP14. Beaucoup moins sonores, plus économes en énergie et équipées d’écrans et de plans de lignes offrant une meilleure information, ces nouvelles rames vont améliorer le confort des voyageurs. 

Ce déploiement nécessite des fermetures régulières sur la ligne existante en 2023. Pour en savoir plus sur ces fermetures, cliquez ici.

Les essais réalisés sur le nouveau matériel se poursuivent de nuit jusqu’au 21 décembre 2023. On vous explique pourquoi ! 

13 existing stations are getting a makeover

In order to fit the new five-carriage rolling stock, major upgrading works were necessary in existing stations and railway systems! Over the past few months, station platforms were raised and reinforced, while new entrances, escalators and lifts were built.

 

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Platform upgrading and modification works to fit the dimensions of the new rolling stock have been completed in all existing stations. Additional works will continue, to create new street-level entrances. These substantial projects are close to completion, with only Mairie des Lilas, Porte des Lilas, Pyrénées and Télégraphe stations still under construction. At the end of 2022, the new lift entrance will start operating at Mairie des Lilas station, followed by a new entrance at Télégraphe station. In the first quarter of 2023, the new entrance at Porte des Lilas station, which is also equipped with a lift, will be ready to carry passengers.

Completion of structural works

The civil engineering works for the 6 stations, 7 connected projects and the new train maintenance workshop have been completed.

Did you know? Sofia, the tunnel boring machine (TBM), built the tunnel that links the future stations La Dhuys, Montreuil-Hôpital, Place Carnot and Serge Gainsbourg. Having arrived in July 2021 at the Serge Gainsbourg station, it has bored a total of 3 kilometres over 15 months. To link the current line to the extended line, a 250-metre-long tunnel was first dug the traditional way from Mairie des Lilas station to the future Serge Gainsbourg station.


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The light work phase has already begun, mobilising a wide range of expertise. This phase consists of installing all components that make it possible to operate metro trains and accommodate passengers. Several operations are involved:

  • Set up partitions to organise the various sections of each station and create technical facilities;
  • Connect electrical and water networks, which ensure a constant supply to trains and stations;
  • Equip stations with security systems – smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, communication systems and video surveillance;
  • Install doors, woodwork, guard rails, control lines, counters, etc.
  • Transport and install escalators and lifts;
  • Install a smoke-removal and ventilation system
  • Finishes – painting, tiling, flooring, lighting and fittings.

Découvrez le nouvel atelier qui accueille les trains MP14 de la ligne 11

Works schedule:

  • Summer 2022 - Development and equipment phase on the entire extension,
  • End of 2022 - Completion of track laying,
  • Beginning of 2023 - Tests and trial runs,
  • March 2023 - Arrival of MP14 trains on the existing line,
  • Spring 2023 - Completion of upgrading works on the existing line,
  • Spring 2024 - Commissioning of the extension,

To find out more, visit the website dedicated to the extension here.

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