Repainting walls at Paris’s Gare du Nord from orange to white is just one of many changes to be made as part of a €48 million facelift. More importantly for British travellers is that the station’s Eurostar terminal is to be included in the makeover.
Eurostar users will soon be able to enjoy a larger and completely redesigned terminal. With international passenger numbers expected to rise with the introduction of higher-capacity trains from 2016, the news is particularly welcome.
Gare du Nord is already mainland Europe’s busiest train station, with 650,000 passengers passing through it each day.
As part of the overhaul, the whole interior of the 150-year-old station will also receive a much-needed clean. (The exterior was done just a few years ago.) The huge departure boards – blamed for blockages as travellers try to work out which platform to head for – will be replaced by smaller screens spread around the station.
A new brasserie will also open next year.
In total, the work will take four years. When it is finished, it is likely to make leaving Paris even tougher for British travellers. But in a good way.