Offering passengers a fast railway link between the centre of Paris and Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport is a top priority. This new connection will mean a high-quality service for airline travellers coming into the capital.

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Project aims

The CDG Express link, which will connect Gare de l’Est station to Charles-de-Gaulle airport will be a direct service (non-stop). The project, which is to be carried out under licence, will mean journey times of around 20 minutes, trains running every quarter of an hour and a reliable service that meets the demands of airline passengers whilst at the same time returning the role of local public transport provider to the RER B network.

As part of the work required, there will be renovation of platforms at Gare de l’Est station, the building of a tunnel to connect to the north of the capital, the refurbishment and restoration of major structures, the building of a junction and approximately 8 kilometres of new track, and the construction of 4 new bridges and a tunnel over the runways at Roissy CDG airport.
 
The route

The line will run from Paris (Gare de l’Est station), via Villeparisis to Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport.
 
Funding

The total cost of the project is estimated at €760 million.
The State will be granting the licence for the works, and Réseau Ferré de France shall provide technical assistance. The licence will be granted to a group of private companies.
 
Timescale

2007: Public utility enquiry
2008: Naming the winner of the licence and signing the contract
 
Key-figures
 
Frequency of the service: One train in each direction every 15 minutes, from 5 am to midnight
Journey time: 20 minutes
Connections with the RER B, RER D and RER E train networks, with metro lines 4, 5 and 7, and with 14 bus routes thanks to the link with the Gard du Nord station – Magenta interchange point.
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