Ambassador visits Gare du Nord modernization work
The Ambassador recently visited the Gare du Nord in Paris, where work is under way to modernize the station.
The work, begun in 2015, aims to give the Gare du Nord a new look. Every day more than 2,000 trains and 700,000 people use the station, making it the busiest in Europe and third busiest in the world.
During the first phase of work (2015-2018), priority will be given to daily commuters and their journeys. The cross-Channel terminal will double in size and be renovated, notably with a completely redesigned Business Lounge offering more space and comfort. The control zone, departure lounge and waiting areas will be extended. And by 2018, the east-west platform will have become an indoor shopping street, with redesigned passenger flow and new services.
The second phase of work (2018-2023) will consist in opening up the station to the city and extending it, with the creation of two hubs in particular: one, an urban network hub linking the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est; and a new mainline departure hub (on the east and north sides of the station). The cross-Channel zone will also be expanded (to the west) with a completely revamped passenger waiting area.
This large-scale transformation of the Gare du Nord will also allow Paris to be ready for any major international events which could await the city in 2024.