Paris: ‘Eco-Bus Station’ to Be Built at Gare du Nord

Île-de-France Mobilités has announced that it will construct an ‘eco-bus station’ and an ‘XXL bicycle hall’ at Gare du Nord station in Paris.

The Horizon 2024 project will be led by SNCF Gares & Connexions with the aim of transforming Gare du Nord railway station, which is the largest station in Europe and the 3rd largest in the world.

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The future Île-de-France Mobilités cycle park and eco-bus station at Gare du Nord in Paris

To create the ‘eco-bus station’, the current bus station at Gare du Nord will be completely renovated, along with its surrounding roads, sidewalks and lighting.

The project will transform Gare du Nord’s forecourt, which will be free from standard road traffic, with the exception of a bus lane.

New passenger shelters will also be constructed and more seats, an information and ticket counter and dynamic information screens will be added.

In addition, a new bicycle hall with 1,186 spaces will be constructed, which will be the largest secure bicycle parking lot in France.

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The future Île-de-France Mobilités bicycle parking lot at Gare du Nord in Paris

This facility will be located just a few metres from the bus station and will be directly accessible by a dedicated cycle path and a pedestrian exit.

The site will also provide cyclists with two inflation stations, repair tools and charging stations.

The new ‘eco-bus station’ and bicycle hall are scheduled to open in 2024 ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Construction work is due to start in early 2023 and the project is expected to cost 5 million EUR. 55.4% of this will be financed by Île-de-France Mobilités, while 30.4% will be provided by the state and 14.2% will be funded by SNCF Gares & Connexions.

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