Le Figaro boarded the future Grand Paris Express metro

The first inaugural “rollout” of line 15 south of the Grand Paris supermetro took place this Tuesday, November 28, from the Champigny-sur-Marne operations center.

It is 10:20 am this Tuesday, November 28th, when the first train of the Grand Paris Express leaves. On board this future train on line 15 south Minister of Transport, Clément Beaune and the president of the region and Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) Valérie Pécresse proudly inaugurate what will become one of the central lines of the Grand Paris supermetro. By the end of 2025, line 15 south – 33 km long – will serve 22 municipalities between Pont de Sèvres, in Hauts-de-Seine (92) and Noisy-Champs, in Seine-Saint-Denis (93) and will cover more of one million inhabitants. “The Société du Grand Paris (SGP) did an absolutely magnificent job», welcomed Valérie Pécresse, evoking “a new decisive step in the transport revolution“. The same one that should allow us to create “the 20 minute region“, where every resident of Ile-de-France will have to find everything they need and privileged access to public services”less than 20 minutes from home“.

Praising one Grand Express of Parisexemplary and visionary», Clément Beaune in turn praised the merits of “a great territorial equality project“. “A day like today is essential to show», added Clément Beaune, saying to himself “proud” AND “moved» to discover this new material. And that is an understatement, as this equipment “at the forefront of technology» is awaited by the residents of Ile-de-France who, nowadays, are often forced to pass through Paris to move from suburb to suburb. The rolling stock on line 15, which will also equip lines 16 and 17, benefited from a design that favors “the use and comfort of travelers», as specified in the joint press release of Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) and Société du Grand Paris.

Capacity for a thousand travelers

In total, 27 trains were ordered from Alstom for line 15 south alone. “Automatic, spacious, fully accessible and capable, they will offer all the necessary travel comfort and, above all, a regularity that meets the expectations of the residents of Ile-de-France.», involves the president of the Île-de-France region, as she rides this train in a 6-car version, 108 meters long, capable of transporting more than 1000 people at the same time. Inside, the number of seats will correspond to “at 20% of total capacity“, or around 200 red and blue seats for a 6-car train. The trains are spacious, accessible to people with disabilities, including wheelchair users who will have spaces dedicated to their equipment. Two details are obvious: the video surveillance cameras are visible and Numerous and USB outlets are available for charging phones and other tablets.

The first Grand Paris Express trains will run on line 15 south at the end of 2025. Le Figaro

A matter invisible to the eye, but very important for future users of the Grand Paris Express, each car will be equipped “efficient ventilation, air conditioning and heating systems“. Finally, the average commercial speed of this supermetro will be increased compared to that of existing lines, including “between 55 and 65 km/h depending on lines with maximum speeds of up to 110 km/h“. For comparison purposes, the commercial speed of the RER A is 49 km/h and that of the Paris metro varies between 21 and 27 km/h. Furthermore, the waiting time between two trains will be between 2 and 3 minutes, depending of the time of day and week. For project leaders, reducing travel time is above all.”the first indicator of high service quality“.

So many great promises that must now be fulfilled. Because if the first ride “represents a great meeting for the Grand Paris Express“, in “many challenges still await the PEC» before the line is put into service. “The marathon is not over», Confirms Valérie Pécresse, who recalls that the inauguration of the line will only take place within two years. Meanwhile, in the winter of 2023, the deployment and integration of automated driving and operating systems will continue across line 15 south, with a view to the first tests of the line, before a gradual rollout of dynamic tests in the different test zones of the line between the summer of 2024 and the autumn of 2025. At the end of 2025, the trial will finally allow the transport operator to test the operation of the line in real conditions, before its commissioning at the end of the year.

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