Network modernisation

Reopening of the connection corridor between Auber and Opéra on 8 April 2021

As part of the Auber station renovation programme, the connection corridor between Auber and Opéra has been entirely renovated. The corridor is set to reopen on 8 April 2021.

Renovation works

Commissioned in 1971, Auber station is currently being upgraded by RATP. Located at the heart of the historic station, the connection corridor between Auber and Opéra has also undergone a thorough renovation over the last two years. Since 2019, the works have made it possible to entirely waterproof the station, and completely renovate the floors, walls and ceilings, with the installation of 9 million enamel tablets. All the technical equipment was completely renewed. RATP has replaced seven of the largest escalators in the network and four 75-metre-long moving walkways.
The worksite continued despite challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the slowdown in activity during the first months of lockdown. Nevertheless, thanks to the mobilisation of all the teams, the corridor will be opened in April 2021 as initially planned.
 

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Focus on the Auber renovation works

After the reopening of the connection corridor between Auber and Opéra, works will continue on the platforms, the access passages between the platforms and the connection hall. The connection hall will house new shops and will soon unveil its future layout. Passengers can already see the renovated vault and new control lines. By 2022, the station will be completely renovated, and passengers will be able to enjoy better lit, cleaner, more practical stations with numerous services.

Reopening of the connection corridor between Auber and Opéra

Works schedule

The works, which started in 2018, will continue until 2022, with five upcoming phases:

  • Closing of the Haussmann access corridor: May 2021
  • End of the platform upgrade works: October 2021
  • End of the connection hall works: End of 2021
  • End of the station facade upgrade works: December 2021
  • End of the works: February 2022

Street art in the metro

We have entered into a partnership with the Le Mur collective to organise an exhibition at Auber station. 8 artworks will be installed in the Opera station connection corridor, for a year starting 8 April 2021. An art installation that will evolve over time. The 8 artists selected for this partnership are Noon, Petite Poissone, Stoul, Ardif, Bault, Ratur, Romain Froquet and Tempo Nok. Each artist will have the opportunity to freely express their feelings about this place, which is used by thousands of travellers every day.

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The station renovation project

Since the day it was commissioned, the RER network has become a major pillar on the Île-de-France transport network. The volume of passengers, particularly on RER lines A and B, has increased considerably over the last few decades.
Nearly 50 years later, RATP has launched a major renovation programme for its RER stations, with the goal of ensuring optimal service quality.

With the support of Île-de-France Mobilités, this programme will improve the comfort, reception, accessibility and safety of RER stations. Following works at Châtelet-les-Halles, stations such as Vincennes, Nanterre-Ville, La Croix de Berny and Robinson will also soon offer completely renovated spaces.