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A unique transport network

Paris is a big european city, with road and train infrastructures highly developped.These infrastructures will be modernised and improved, in particular to provide easier access to the various networks for people with a disability.

The Ile-de-France region has a unique public transport rail network.
(© Paris City Hall)

A constantly improving, dense road network

The road network in Ile-de-France is a tight-meshed and highly structured system:

• In Paris, all streets, avenues and boulevards are controlled by a constantly improving, modern traffic control system,
• The City of Paris and its immediate surroundings (“Petite Couronne”) are served by the Ring road, an express way with three or four lanes on each carriageway, which goes right round the capital city and is used by nearly a million vehicles a day,

• The region is covered by a 576-kilometre motorway network which is constantly being improved.

Numerous works projects scheduled for between now and 2012 will facilitate access to the various Olympic and Paralympic venues.

An efficient public transport network

Paris and Ile-de-France have six major railway stations at the heart of a well-developed rail network comprising conventional lines and high-speed lines: putting London within three hours by Eurostar and Brussels within one hour by Thalys.

The Ile-de-France region also has a unique public transport rail network renowned for its modernity and its efficiency.

It comprises:

• a suburban railway network (SNCF),
• a regional express network (RER),
• an especially close-knit metropolitan railway network,
• tram routes.

Key numbers

1 620 km rail network serving
860 stations.

Altogether, the rail network extends for more than 1,620 km, serving 860 stations provided for users. The specific features of each of these networks and their interconnection provides a suitable response to a variety of needs, from short journeys within inner Paris (served by the close-knit Paris metro network) to transport facilities for the suburbs.

An extensive bus network completes the transport facilities for Paris and surrounding areas.

In addition, local authorities have been pursuing in recent years ambitious projects to provide cycle tracks. Thanks to the proximity and compactness of the venues, it will be possible to develop an innovative, user-friendly traffic programme with a view to promoting protection of the environment.

Today, the Olympic and Paralympic venues and, in particular, the Northern and Western clusters are served by the existing public transport facilities: bus, metro, tram, and RER. Projects are already being studied to modernise the existing infrastructures and/or develop new ones in order to provide direct, fast links.Special attention will be paid to the accessibility of public transport networks for persons with limited mobility or special needs, in line with the national programme under way.

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