PAris Est Railway station
12 February 2019

Transport: full steam ahead for the CDG Express project

The Minister of Transport has signed the concession contract for the CDG Express, a high-speed train connecting Paris to the Roissy airport.
 
Just twenty minutes – that’s how long it will take the CDG Express to travel between the capital and Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle international airport. Signature of the concession contract commits the ADP Group (the former Aéroports de Paris), SNCF Réseau and Caisse des Dépôts enables creation of the project company to carry out the work required.

The CDG Express, a major project

Connecting Gare de l'Est railway station in central Paris to Roissy airport’s Terminal 2, the CDG Express will take no more than twenty minutes to travel the 32-kilometre distance, for a fare of 24 euros.

As regards scheduling, the aim is to open the line on 1 January 2024, a few months before the Olympic and Paralympic Games. “SNCF Réseau has told as that this is a feasible date,” the Minister stated, and that construction “will in no way be detrimental to everyday transport such as the RER B”. The CDG Express should cost some 1.8 billion euros, financed by Caisse des Dépôts, ADP and SNCF Réseau, with the help of a loan from the State. According to the Minister of Transport, this total includes 500 million towards improvement of RER B.

The Regional Prefect, Michel Cadot, has been tasked with setting the work schedule and communicating his conclusions in late March or early April. “He will make it clear what modifications may be required in the organisation of worksites”, Elisabeth Borne asserted, noting that, “if required, priorities must be established”.