Elected officials assure us: the RER A will resist the arrival of Eole

Elected officials assure us: the RER A will resist the arrival of Eole
Elected officials assure us: the RER A will resist the arrival of Eole

It’s a rumor that has been growing for many months within the Cité Saint-Louis: will the Pisciacaise branch of the RER A disappear in favor of Cergy, with the arrival of Eole? In any case, this is the sound of the story that the elected officials of Val d’Oise like to propagate, who would welcome better service to Cergy in order to alleviate the problems encountered by users.

For the Poissy Town Hall, however, and more generally for the area’s elected officials, it is out of the question to leave the slightest oar to the Cergy neighbors: they reiterated this during a gathering organized last Saturday, April 27, on the square of the Pisciacaise station, during which they responded to users’ concerns.

“Lines A and E are called to coexist and mutually reinforce each other,” assured Mayor Sandrine Berno Dos Santos, who also defended herself against certain comments describing elected officials as “above ground”. “We don’t all travel in cars with drivers. Elected officials are not City employees, they all have professional lives on the side, and therefore they take public transport, whether it is the bus, the RER or the train to Saint Lazare. Yes we are with you, yes we understand what you are going through, because the struggles you are going through, we are going through too.”

The vice-president in charge of mobility at the GPSEO urban community, Eddie Aït, made a point of recalling the territory’s “attachment” to the RER A. “This fight is a territorial fight, a fight to respond to mobility challenges and issues linked to economic development, continues the Carrière councilor. It must also be an effective response to the population of our territory which is a positive element, and by responding to the issues of population of the territory, we reduce the carbon footprint of individual travel.”

The argument of economic development is particularly close to the heart of the deputy for the 12th constituency of Yvelines, Karl Olive. He insisted on the attractiveness of the municipality and the development of its economic network. “We have once again become the leading employment area in Yvelines and the Seine Valley,” recalled the former Pisciacais mayor. And it is no coincidence that we considered that employment should be our first battle. We must allow companies that have just set up to be able to welcome them and facilitate transportation, which is what is happening with the Stellantis XXL campus, with Paris-Saint-Germain, the new hospital…”

In addition to the beautiful words and promises, the residents were even treated to a little concrete action. Sandrine Berno dos Santos announced the composition of a working group in order to “look at the symptoms” and “draw up a diagnosis” of the situation and then send it to Île-de-France Mobilités to “move things forward”. “We are counting on you because the first people concerned are the users.”

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