Paris: Valérie Pécresse opposes a ring road limited to 50 km/h and asks to regain competence

Paris: Valérie Pécresse opposes a ring road limited to 50 km/h and asks to regain competence
Paris: Valérie Pécresse opposes a ring road limited to 50 km/h and asks to regain competence

Opposition to the Paris town hall’s project for the ring road is piling up. On Wednesday, the president of the Île-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse (Free!), reaffirmed, in an assembly of the regional majority, her opposition to two measures decided by the City of Paris, decision-maker on the future of the ring road. The preferred route for entering the capital by motorized vehicle, the famous “periph” is once again at the heart of political tensions.

If the City’s project comes to fruition, the ring road should lose a lane dedicated to general traffic in favor of a lane for carpooling and public transport, after the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The maximum speed should be lowered to 50km/h on all of its routes.

“The City of Paris persists with two projects that it carries out unilaterally and without consultation,” denounces Valérie Pécresse. This will only penalize the inhabitants of the inner and outer suburbs who sometimes use it very early or sometimes very late to get to work. It is France that gets up early that will pay for this brutal and unilateral decision by Paris City Hall, without any study of the impact on this daily suffering. »

Regretting that the government has not assigned this competence to the Region, the councilor nevertheless hopes to be able to influence these decisions. “If the government wanted to come back on this, we would be extremely favorable, as part of the decentralization shock, to taking control of this infrastructure of regional interest. »

The ring road, one of the main urban axes in Europe, is used every day by 1.2 million vehicles, the majority from Ile-de-France. “Paris town hall prides itself on its respect for local democracy. We held a referendum: 90% of Ile-de-France residents are against the closure of a lane on the ring road. We must hear the voice of democracy,” said Valérie Pécresse.

According to her, the police chief will have “his say” in any case. The person concerned, Laurent Nuñez, himself recalled this at the end of May during a Paris Council meeting. “It won’t happen without me, because the ring road is one of the routes on which I can impose a certain number of prescriptions,” he assured. The standoff is still far from having delivered all its conclusions.

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