“Line 14 closed, I forgot, I hate it.” Like other users of line 14, this Monday morning, this traveler does not hide his dissatisfaction on X (formerly Twitter). The automated purple line of the Ile-de-France network is in fact completely closed until February 25 inclusive, in order to “test the new train control system”, explains Agnès Ogier, director of RATP Services Ferrés.
This experiment will take place “both on the already existing central section and on the extensions to the north and south to Orly,” she continues. We seek to test its performance and its resistance to all events that may occur. When the line reopens on February 26, the line will operate with the new operating system. This is an extremely important step on the path to extension in a few months. These closures are essential to ensure on-time commissioning for the Olympics. »
But in the meantime, exasperated comments are starting to emerge on social networks. “The mess in line 13 because the 14 is closed…” shares an A last one complains about the “people in Saint-Lazare” as a result.
To compensate for the absence of trains on line 14, RATP has focused on “a maximum offer on the RER A, a reinforcement of line 1, and especially line 13 which will be the most impacted by the postponement of passengers”, assures Agnès Ogier. Bus reinforcements are also planned with “an additional replacement line between Gare de Lyon and Olympiades, a reinforcement on lines 24 and 64 on the same axis, and another on line 28 between Saint-Lazare and Porte de Clichy” , she specifies.
A complex report on line 13
On this Monday morning, Benjamin was surprised, and actually took another route: “We have the 13th since there is Garibaldi nearby. We walk 5 minutes and we’re there,” he confided this morning to the France Bleu Paris microphone. But already uncomfortable in normal times, line 13 should again be overloaded during peak hours. “We are going to travel like dogs, like every time the 14 is closed,” Annick says indignantly. I’m going to take the 13 and the 9 and it’s going to be hell both.”
Jimmy Brun, spokesperson for the RATP, assured in our columns a few weeks ago that he had “deployed a large information campaign aimed at users of line 14 but also 13, so that they can also adapt their travels if they can. While conceding that “risks of saturation during peak hours between Saint-Lazare and La Fourche” are nevertheless envisaged.
And travelers are not done yet since RATP has specified that line 14 will also be closed from Sunday April 7 to Sunday April 14 inclusive and from Wednesday May 8 to Sunday May 12 inclusive, in addition to these two weeks in February.