RATP: the northern extension of line 14 will open in December

The extension of metro line 14 north of Paris should be able to be put into service in December, with about three months of delay due to the health crisis, RATP announced Thursday.

RATP

The extension of metro line 14 north of Paris should be able to be put into service in December, with about three months delay due to the health crisis, RATP announced Thursday.

This project, which extends this fully automated metro line beyond Saint-Lazare station, with four new stations to Saint-Ouen town hall, was slowed down first by confinement and then by the new health rules applicable to construction sites.

“Thanks to the conclusive train running tests (…) carried out on the weekend of July 4 and 5, the RATP is targeting the entry into service of the extension of line 14 to the north by mid-December 2020 with the opening of three new stations (Pont Cardinet, Saint-Ouen, Mairie de Saint-Ouen) and an opening of the Porte de Clichy station in January 2021 ”, said the RATP, in a press release.

“Slight shift”

The Ile-de-France transport authority estimates that “the maintenance of almost total openness in 2020 (compared to the previous schedule which provided for entry into service in mid-September) results both from the efforts made by the RATP and the project management and all the companies involved ”.

“The Porte de Clichy station, which is larger than the other three stations (…) will be completed with a slight delay and will be kept closed in December”, specifies the RATP.

It also emphasizes that the new provisional schedule “remains linked to the smooth running of the next stages of the site and the supply of automation and rolling stock, as well as, of course, the development of the health crisis”.

(with AFP)