New subway network for Paris planned by Arcadis
The engineering firm Arcadis is one of the key players in the plans to give Paris an entirely new, much bigger and more efficient subway network in and especially around Paris.
The coming 13 years 3 circle lines around the centre of Paris will try to avoid that all passengers have to travel to the heart of the city and then get out again, causing much longer travel times. The Dutch engineering bureau Arcadis directs the whole project.
A 30 billion+ investment
The total investment for the project is estimated amounting to 28/35 billion euro. 68 new subway stations have to be build. It’s a huge investment, but economic prosperity for the whole region is aimed at, estimations talk of a supplemental economical revenue of 50 billion euro.
Most of the lines will be underground, 37 architect bureaus are involved, but Arcadis steers the whole project. The project, called “Grand Paris Express” is considered the next step for public transport, after the original ‘metro’ and the RER-network of regional trains.
Fight to be number one
Stéphane Kirkland from Arcadis: “London and Paris are fighting each other for the title of most andvanced city in Europe. Londen has done a lot in recent years, the Olympic Games played a major role in this. The same will be happening for Paris when they organise the Games in 2024.”
Some critical voices worry about the financial situation of France. But Kirkland is trustful: “The project was initiated by president Sarkozy and also his successors Hollande and now Macron support it. It has the highest support.”
Maybe the necessary personnel will be the biggest problem. Arcadis has already set to work every available engineer spekaing French, but more are needed. “And without the knowledge of the French language, you get nowhere, here,” adds project leader Dominique Cotttenceau.