Transport Companies Sign Grand Paris Express Partnership Agreement

RATP Dev, a subsidiary of RATP Group that provides operations and maintenance of passenger transport services outside of the core RATP network in Paris, along with ComfortDelGro and Alstom have signed a partnership agreement for the purpose of submitting tenders for the Grand Paris Express project.

The aim, subject to administrative authorisations, is for the three parties to set up a joint venture to enable this goal. The three parties believe that together they cover all the important areas of expertise to offer a comprehensive transport solution. The Grand Paris Express is one of the largest transport projects in Europe. As a consortium the parties aim to submit tenders for the future metro lines 16 and 17.

Line 16 will be a 29km automatic metro line, crossing three departments in eastern Paris. It will connect ten stations from Saint-Denis Pleyel to Noisy-Champs in 27 minutes. Once operational, the expected daily ridership on the line is 200,000.

Line 17 will be a 27km automatic metro line that will be a major new transport axis for the north of the city. It will connect nine stations from Saint-Denis Pleyel to Le Mesnil-Amelot in 25 minutes. The expected daily ridership for this line is between 130,000 and 160,000.

Catherine Guillouard, Chairwoman, RATP Group, said:

“The partnership signed by RATP Dev with transport players such as ComfortDelGro Transit and Alstom is a strategic coup for the RATP group. On a daily basis and all over the world, RATP Dev, under the leadership of Laurence Batlle, proves its ability to offer high-performance, safe, and innovative transport solutions to serve the cities and regions of today and tomorrow. This alliance with ComfortDelGro Transit and Alstom underscores a shared desire to help the Paris Greater Region develop its transport networks for the benefit of the local population and to bolster the city’s reputation around the world. This is a major undertaking, and I know that RATP Dev’s teams are ready for it and determined to make it a success.”

ComfortDelGro sees this move as a strategic step to expand its operations outside of Singapore, where it has been running light and heavy rail services for 17 years.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President, Alstom France, said:

“The partnership signed with RATP Dev and ComfortDelGro Transit allows Alstom to extend its maintenance know-how in France, in particular in metro maintenance that the Group has already developed in many capitals around the world. The complementarity of the respective expertise of RATP Dev, Comfort DelGro Transit and Alstom will make it possible to offer a competitive and quality offer to the Île-de-France Region and to future Grand Paris Express travellers.”

Line 16 is due to open in 2023, Line 17 between 2025 and 2030.

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