First Metro Train Deployed on Grand Paris Express Line 15 South

Île-de-France Mobilités has announced that the first new metro train for the Grand Paris Express Line 15 has been deployed on the line.

The train made its first turn of the wheel on 28 November in Champigny-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne. This milestone paves the way for dynamic testing to officially commence in summer 2024, before the line comes into service at the end of 2025.

The new metro train for Line 15
The new metro train for Line 15
Jean-François Monteils, chairman of the board of directors of the Société du Grand Paris said:

“We are very proud to be able to run a train on the rails of the Grand Paris Express, a highly symbolic step in this adventure which is the result of collective, exemplary and demanding work. We still have a lot of work left before the commissioning of Line 15 South but we can rejoice to see rolling for the first time a train on the Grand Paris Express rails.”

During dynamic testing, the performance of the new metro trains will be assessed in varied traffic conditions on closed lines. This will include the testing of braking, acceleration, safety and comfort.

Once this testing is complete, Line 15 will then gradually commence service with a phased approach.

The southern section connecting Pont de Sèvres to Noisy Champ will open at the end of 2025, while the eastern section between Champigny Center and Saint-Denis Pleyel, and the western section from Pont de Sèvres to Saint-Denis, are scheduled to open in 2030.

This line will form a 75-kilometre ring around Paris, connected to the rest of the network at 95% of stations. It will thus significantly reduce daily transport times in the inner and outer suburbs of the city.

Valérie Pécresse, President of Île-de-France Mobilités and the Île-de-France Region said:

“The trains of the new Île-de-France metro, which we are financing in full, will change the rules of the game in terms of transport. Automatic, spacious, fully accessible and with high capacity, they will offer all the necessary travel comforts and, above all, regularity that lives up to the expectations of Île-de-France residents. This first run further concretises the efforts made for many years by the Île-de-France Mobilités and Société du Grand Paris teams.”

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