Paris Metro Line 11 Extension Project (Phase I) Begins

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As the month of June begins, several major expansion projects are taking place throughout the city of Paris. One of which is the first of two phases to extend the Line 11 subway eastward, and then southeastward. Phase I, which officially broke ground this week, will extend the 11 by six stations to Rosny-Bois Perrier. In addition to this extension, a new maintenance depot will be built near the new terminus, and several existing stations will receive accessibility upgrades such as elevators. Eventually, some (if not all) of the existing stations will have their platforms lengthened to be able to accommodate longer trains. Currently, the Line 11 platforms can only accommodate trains up to five cars, but due to a space limitation at the current Victoria Depot, only four car trains run on the line at this time. The goal is to eventually have eight to ten car trains running by the time Phase II is completed, which will extend Line 11 further by four stations to Noisy-Champs. Phase II of the extension is part of the widely ambitious Grand Paris Express project, which will also extend Line 14 in both directions, and result in the construction of four new subway lines. Currently, the opening timetable for Phase II is sometime between 2025 and 2028.

Stations

Below is a listing of both proposed and current stations along the Line 11 Subway, along with their opening dates (expected opening timeframes for the proposed stations).

Going from West to East

Châtelet – 1935

(Victoria Maintenance Depot) – 1935

Hôtel de Ville – 1935

Rambuteau – 1935

Arts et Métiers – 1935

République – 1935

Goncourt – 1935

Belleville – 1935

Pyrénées – 1935

Jourdain – 1935

Place des Fêtes – 1935

Télégraphe – 1935

Porte des Lilas – 1935

Mairie des Lilas – 1937

Liberté Les Lilas – Serge Gainsbourg – (2020)

Place Carnot – (2020)

Montreuil – Hôpital Nord – (2020)

Boissière – La Dhuys – (2020)

Londeau-Domus/Parc des Guillaumes – (2020)

Rosny-Bois Perrier (2020)

(Rosny Maintenance Depot – 2020 – Will replace the Victoria Depot)

Villemomble – (2025)

Neuilly – Les Fauvettes – (2025)

Neuilly – Hôpitaux (2025)

Noisy – Champs (2025)

Rolling Stock

The current fleet of MP 1959 railcars will be phased out in favor of next generation MP 2014 railcars at a cost of about €150m. It is assumed that the new railcars – composed of five cars per train – will start out as being manually driven (meaning that the train is controlled by a human conductor), but will likely have the capabilities to be converted to fully automated operation once the entire line becomes automated – which will correspond with the Phase II extension to Noisy – Champs. Additionally, more cars could be added to each train if capacity warrants as so.

Revised Grand Paris Express plan unveils a possible Phase 2 extension for Metro Line 11

Greetings everyone!

I have some late-breaking news regarding Line 11 of the Paris Metro!

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned about the upcoming project to extend Line 11 from its current terminus at station Mairie des Lillias to Rosny Bois-Perrier. Now, there is word of a 2nd phase extension that would run from Rosny Bois-Perrier to Noisy-Champs, where it will connect to the RER Line A and be partially integrated into the proposed Grand Paris Express system.

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New developments in the Paris Metro Line 11 extension

Happy Friday everyone!

I have some significant developments to report regarding the extension project of the Paris subway Line 11 from Mairie de Lillias to Rosny – Bois-Perrier.

Around February , the STIF released its findings on the various studies that took place during the past several years. The report is divided into two parts: The first part describes the initial planning and consultation phase, as well as the various environmental, geographic, and population impact studies that were conducted. In addition, the first part also discusses the selection of the final route for the extension, as there were originally 3 alignments offered. The second part goes in depth as to station locations, station design, decision on the type of rolling stock to be used, and many other operational elements of the extension. Both documents are in PDF format and are written in French. Unfortunately, Google Translate will not be able to decipher the entire document due to its length, so I had to translate piece by piece some of the following highlights:

  • The project will be constructed in a single swoop, instead of being broken up into two phases (which was originally planned). The 2nd document notates that the extension has been eagerly awaited.
  • The final routing of the extension has been confirmed in the 1st part, with placement and design of the new stations being discussed in the 2nd part. One station will be nestled upon a brief elevated section.
  • Some of the existing stations will be modified. Some stations will get additional access points, and accessibility upgrades (like elevators).
  • Workshop and garage facilities will be relocated to Rosny, as current facilities cannot accommodate next-generation rolling stock, let alone anything beyond 4 cars. The plan is to be able to accommodate rolling stock with 5 cars, with articulation present.
  • Automation of the line is not likely in the near-term due to costs and operational issues. However, the STIF does not rule out automation as a longer-term project.
  • Although the STIF favored conversion from rubber-tyred operation to steel-wheel operation early on, it appears that retaining rubber-tyred operation is less of a burden on the project and thus, if finalized, the next generation of rubber-tyred rolling stock being planned for Line 14 will be used on the newly extended Line 11. This would be achieved by two subclasses of this rolling stock (similar to that of the MP 89), where a fully automated version of 8 cars will be used on Line 14, upon completion of both of its planned extensions, and a manually driven 5 car variant for Lines 6 and 11.
  • 41 trains of 5 cars each will be required to run the Line 11 after the extension opens, to maintain headways of 1 minute, 45 seconds, during rush hours.

In the coming months, a formal public inquiry process will be launched to give the public a chance to provide their input into the final routing and configuration of the line. I believe that there are also further studies to be done on the rolling stock, since the stock is still in the developmental phase (we don’t even have a numerical year associated to this stock yet…it is simply known for now as MP NG, meaning Material Pneumatic Next Generation).

If everything goes to plan, the Line 11 extension is expected to open some time in 2019.

 

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012