Aéroports de Paris welcomes the revival of CDG Express

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Aéroports de Paris welcomes the revival of CDG Express

FRANCE: Frédéric Cuvillier, French Minister for Transport and the Maritime Economy, said in the presence of Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO of Aéroports of Paris, during his visit at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, that the CDG Express project had been revived through the creation of a research company that will bring together the French state, RFF (owner and manager of the French railway infrastructure network) and Aéroports de Paris.

The CDG Express project involves the construction of a dedicated non-stop rail link between the centre of Paris and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The equal partnership joint venture, which was founded last year by ADP and infrastructure manager RFF, will aim at ensuring the feasibility and the technical, legal and financial viability of the CDG Express link.

"I welcome the commitment of the government and the personal commitment of Frédéric Cuvillier which will today allow the CDG Express project to enter a new study phase, giving this non-stop link every chance of seeing the light of day. This is a priority project in terms of quality of service for passengers and competitiveness for Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. That is why as soon as I took up my duties at the head of Aéroports de Paris, I ensured Aéroports de Paris' commitment to the success of this project," Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO of Aéroports de Paris said.

The Minister said that the construction on the 8km of track needed to join up to the existing rail network will begin in 2017.

CDG Express trains will operate at 15-minute intervals with a maximum journey time of 20 minutes. The 32km route will use the existing line between Paris East and Villeparisis, where it will turn northwards onto a new 8km branch which will follow the alignment of TGV Interconnexion to the airport.

The completion date for the 1.7-billion-euro project is set on 2023.