RATP confirms the date of June 24, one month before the Olympics

RATP confirms the date of June 24, one month before the Olympics
RATP confirms the date of June 24, one month before the Olympics

The opening of the northern and southern extensions of line 14 of the Paris metro will indeed take place on June 24. A date that is not insignificant since it falls exactly one month before the start of the Paris Games.

The extension of line 14 of the Paris metro, which will go to Orly airport in the south of the capital and to Saint-Denis-Pleyel in the north, will be inaugurated on June 24, a month before the Olympic Games , said this Friday, May 24, the RATP on the line’s X account, confirming the information revealed on April 11 by BFM Paris Île-de-France.

“On this date, the line will become the longest in the metro network,” specifies the RATP.

The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron is expected to inaugurate this extension, considered a key infrastructure in the run-up to the Paris Games.

One million passengers daily

With its seven stations and 14 additional kilometers, line 14, which is equipped with an automatic train control system, must also become the busiest in the metro by mid-2025, with one million passengers expected per day.

Above all, this infrastructure is considered the “backbone” of the transport network during the Olympic Games since it will serve the athletes’ village in Saint-Denis, thanks to its northern terminus, but also the Stade de France, located less than 15 minutes walk, and the Olympic aquatic center.

RATP and Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM), the organizing authority for Ile-de-France transport, expect around 700,000 travelers per day on this line during the competition.

Significant delivery delays

This line extension will be the only transport infrastructure delivered on time compared to what was promised in the Paris 2024 application file, unlike the Charles de Gaulle Express – which must connect Roissy airport to Paris, non-stop, in 20 minutes from now on to 2027 – and the first portions of lines 16 and 17 of the Grand Paris Express.

To meet deadlines and be sure to deliver the extension of line 14 before the Games, the construction site was almost never interrupted during the Covid-19 pandemic, unlike other Grand Paris Express projects.

Users have also had to endure numerous closures of this line over the past year, sometimes for a week, in order to connect the southern and northern parts of the line and to completely renew the automatic pilot system.

A few days before, on June 13, the RATP will inaugurate another line extension, towards the east this time, with line 11 which should go to Rosny-sous-Bois.

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