Salini Impregilo has won a €203M contract to extend a Paris metro line to the Orly airport south of the French capital as part of the Grand Paris Express, a massive project that will expand the city’s public transport network to the periphery by 2030.
The contract, awarded to Salini Impregilo and its joint-venture partner Nouvelles Générations d’Entrepreneurs (NGE) by La Régie autonome des transports parisiens (RATP), concerns one of four sections that will make up the 14km extension of Line 14 South to the airport. On Lot GC04, Salini Impregilo, and NGE will excavate a 4.1km tunnel from Pont de Rungis station to the site of a new station at Orly. Work is to begin in mid-March and last about five years.
The extended line will improve connections and travel times between Orly and the city by linking the airport to Line 18 of the Paris metro and a new one to be called Line 15.
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At a cost of €30bn, the Grand Paris Express will extend the city’s RER rail and metro network to the surrounding communities that belong to the Grand Paris metropolis with the aim of revitalising the area’s economy with its seven million residents, one of the largest in Europe. The first metro line was inaugurated in 1900.