Extended closure of Paris Metro station Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre

Please note that this post was written back in January. The complete closure of the Line 1 platforms ended in March, and the Line 7 platforms are now closed until July.

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m needing to report about a subway station closure in Paris due to renovation work. I know my post comes just a bit late, but it’s better late than never, so here goes!

The busy 7-train platforms of station Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre. Photo Credit: Minato.
The busy 7-train platforms of station Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre. Photo Credit: Minato.

For the next several months, the subway station Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (which serve the 1 and 7 trains) will undergo a major renovation project to help improve the long-term viability of the station. Since many subway stations along the Paris system are over 60 years old, many have fallen victim to severe water intrusion and are needing to have ceilings and walls redone. Additionally, some platforms need to be heightened to be more level with railcar doors. Some stations are even undergoing accessibility improvements that will bring forth elevator access to those who utilize a wheelchair. The latter improvement is only being implemented at certain stations for now due to costs, but hopefully one day, most major subway stations in Paris will be wheelchair accessible.

The entrance to the Louvre. Photo taken by HARTride 2012. March, 2009.
The entrance to the Louvre. Photo taken by HARTride 2012. March, 2009.

Now I don’t always report on station closures like this simply due to my busy schedule. There are usually tons of closures just like this along subway stations world wide throughout the year. However, I’m reporting on this particular station because it is a high-traffic station that is utilized by thousands of tourists, as it serves as a key transit gateway to the Louvre. Thousands of tourists flock to the Louvre each day, which often leads to packed trains in this particular area.

When will these closures occur?

Renovation of this station actually began back in late 2012, but advance notice was needed to alert customers to these closures. The entire Line 1 platform closed on January 6, and they will remain closed until March 2. The Line 7 platforms will close from May 4 to July 24, 2014.

How will I get around?

Diagram created by HARTride 2012.
Diagram created by HARTride 2012. Diagram is NOT TO SCALE.

I’ve posted a diagram of nearby stations that you can easily access if you need to get to and from the subway around the area of the Louvre. For Line 1 customers, Louvre-Rivoli or Tuilleries will be your closest stops. For Line 7 customers, Pont Neuf will be your closest stop. However, for those wishing to change over from Line 7 to Line 1 at Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre, you’ll have to transfer lines at Châtelet – Les Halles.

Conclusion

Once the renovation of station Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre is complete, you can expect to see a much better station. Also in 2014, a planned extended overhaul of station Château Rouge is set to get underway, which will include an expanded entrance hall, accessibility improvements, and a refreshed look. These and many other renewal projects will allow for a neater and better functioning subway system for years to come!

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