50 million Euros to link Paris stations Nord and Est
Transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités has announced a 10-point programme to update the urban area around the Nord and Est stations in Paris before 2024. Part of the plan is to link both train stations via a 60-meter long underground tunnel, to create a transport ‘hub’. The transport authority has set aside 50 million Euros to execute the programme.
800,000 travellers travel between Gare du Nord, Gare de L’Est and the RER station every day. The train stations Nord and Est are located only 500 meters apart from one another, a distance that most travellers have to cover by foot or by metro, a journey that is considered difficult, even for daily travellers.
To improve this situation, the streets in front of and around both train stations will be transformed. The sidewalks of Rue de Dunkerque will be widened and rue d’Alsace will be turned into a pedestrian street on one side and a road with a speed limit of 20 kilometres an hour on the other. These changes will allow pedestrians to travel between the stations in six minutes.
The transport authority is also going to build a 60-meter long tunnel between both stations, giving pedestrians a second option to travel between Gare du Nord and Gare de L’Est. This also means that the accessibility to both stations for persons with limited mobility will improve. Tracks 5 through 12 of Gare de L’Est can be accessed from the tunnel by lift.