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Extension of line 11 to Rosny: the commissioning date finally revealed

This time, it’s official. After a series of delays, the commissioning of the extension of line 11from its current terminus at Mairie-des-Lilas to Rosny-Bois-Perrier station in Seine-Saint-Denis, will be effective in a month almost to the day, June 13.

The inauguration of this new section, which stretches over 6 km (as much as its current route) and will serve 6 new stations in Seine-Saint-Denis, will take place that day in the presence of Prime Minister Gabriel Attal. It will mark the end of one of the most important extension projects on the metro network “historical”.

The project, which cost 1.3 billion euros – not including the purchase of new rolling stock – will make the 11 the most “suburban” of the Paris metro lines, with half of its route outside the peripheral.

Dry run until opening to the public

Don’t panic if you see the trains continuing their journey from the current terminus of Mairie-des-Lilas, they are running empty as part of a dry run. An essential step which allows the drivers (the 140 already assigned to the line and the 60 new ones who were recruited in anticipation of the extension) to “get used to” the new section. The dry run will last until it opens to the public.

However, the “new” line 11 will not immediately operate at maximum capacity… due to hardware issues. Replacement of MP59 trainsets more than sixty-year-olds who equipped the line with brand new MP14s straight out of the Alstom factories is not yet finished. Of the 39 trains ordered by IDFM, 7 will still be missing when the extension opens.

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“This fleet will allow us to have a minimum gap between two trains of 2.10 minutes during rush hour,” assures RATP. Delivery of the missing trains by early 2025 should reduce the gap to 1.45 minutes.

80,000 additional daily users expected

The extension project launched in 2019 will ultimately have been “six months late compared to the initial schedule” specified, in April, Élodie Hanen, deputy general director of Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM), on the occasion of the last long period of closure to speed up the work. Six months which seemed like an eternity to the many future users who are impatiently awaiting this new connection.

And for good reason, the extension of line 11 – in connection with the RER E in Rosny, but also in the medium term with the T1 tramway and the line 15 of the Grand Paris Express – which already welcomes 110,000 travelers daily, should result in a significant increase in its attendance. According to estimates, users could be 80,000 more every day after the extension.

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