Finally ! The route of line 15 East of the Grand Paris Express has been declared of public utility. The order taken this Monday by the prefects of Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne validates the route of this section of the future automatic metro, which is to link Saint-Denis Pleyel to Rosny-sous-Bois, in 2025, then in Champigny, in 2030. A decision which loops the main ring road of the Grand Paris Express, from a legal point of view: all sections of line 15 are now declared of public utility. This makes it possible to launch the expropriations and the necessary works. On the 15 East, the civil engineering work will begin in early 2018.
The epilogue of a soap opera lasting several months which rebounded at the end of 2016. The initial route of line 15 East, adopted in 2011, plans to connect 12 stations, thanks to 23 km of underground lines. An investment of 3.5 billion euros which will attract 300,000 daily travelers. But from the start, the deputy-mayor (UDI) of Drancy, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, mobilized against this route which does not serve the center of his town of 70,000 inhabitants (only a Drancy-Bobigny station, on the outskirts , is planned).
Drancy was supported in his fight by Valérie Pécresse (LR), president of Stif, who had a wish adopted in December requiring the re-examination of the route “as soon as possible”. A vote that sparked an outcry from several elected officials, left and right, who feared delays for this long-awaited line. “I am delighted with this progress which is part of more than a decade of mobilization for a suburban to suburban metro line to materialize,” responded Christian Favier, PCF president of the Val-de-Marne departmental council. .
Drancy still believes in its station
Despite everything, Drancy continues to believe in it. Last week, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced that the Société du Grand Paris (SGP) “will assist in studies of the service to the Drancy center”. New studies will therefore be carried out on the feasibility and advisability of diverting line 15 East through the town center of Drancy. And, if it proves to be useful, an amending DUP may take place in 2018.
“This is the first time that the State recognizes that there is a problem of service from the city center to Drancy and that this will be studied, welcomes Jean-Christophe Lagarde. This will take place either by deviating from line 15 East, or by extending line 5, but it is at least twice as expensive and not fundable before 2040 … The file will be in the hands of the next government. But, in the meantime, line 15 East will continue to advance.