The Greater Paris Express

More than just a mobility project! 

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As a global magnet, with a population of over 7 million, the Greater Paris metropolis experiences heavy traffic every day and its transport system, with approximately 48 people using the Paris metro every second.

This is where the Grand Paris Express project comes in to solve the problem and alleviate the difficulties of users. The current system has the RER to connect the suburbs of Paris to the city centre and the metro for transport within the city, which means that many people who want to travel between the cities bordering Paris are forced to go through the city centre to get to their desired destination and get stuck in traffic, which means spending more time than necessary on any form of transport.

The concept of the project is not new and has been in the works for a long time, the idea started in the 19th century with Napoleon III and took shape as the project it is now with the government of former president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2011.

The project aims to create 200 km of metro lines and 68 stations that make travel easy, accessible and efficient. 

The project includes the creation of 4 new lines and the extension of 2 existing lines: lines 11 and 14 will be extended and lines 15, 16, 17 and 18 will be created to relieve congestion in the central section of the city and connect the suburbs. Line 15 is planned to be a circular line that will run around Paris with 36 stations and will be the largest underground metro line in the world.


It aims to bring employment and training opportunities closer to people living on the periphery and to open up remote suburbs. 


It presents a real alternative to car travel for more travel options that will ultimately help to avoid and reduce traffic jams and encourage the use of other environmentally friendly mobility such as walking and cycling.


With the commissioning of the Grand Paris Express project, an estimated 115,000 more job opportunities will emerge and the attractiveness of the area will be enhanced.

This infrastructure project, one of the largest in the world, aims to encourage sustainable and inclusive economic development and to create jobs. 

The planners sought to reorganise the city and establish a new infrastructure network that would reconcile functionality with design and aesthetics, by bringing together architects and artists to create a unique passenger experience that enhances the utilitarian aspect of the stations.