Trying out a city’s transport system is part of the fun of getting to understand its geography. Soon, it seems, I’ll be able to try a new line on Paris’ métro network.
Work has begun on a new line that will link the city’s western suburbs with those in its east. Line 15 will stretch 33km from Pont de Sèvres in the west to Noisy-Champs in the east, running in a semi-circle to the south of the city centre.
The line is part of the Grand Paris Express project and it is expected to open in 2020. Further sections will be added over the following ten years.
By that time, lines 16 (serving the north and east of the city), 17 (the north east) and 18 (the south west) should also be open.
Whether I’ll get much use out of them remains to be seen. Lines 2 and 3 have traditionally been the ones I’ve used the most. When I worked in Paris, I was based in Rue Pigalle, so Pigalle station was the closest. Since then, whenever I go, I’ve tended to stay in roughly the same area – Batignolles and Montmartre – so have used Villiers, Rome, Place de Clichy and Abbesses the most.
Soon I’ll be able to let line 15 take me out of my comfort zone. Literally.