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Express rail link project to Paris CDG revived

Aéroports de Paris has welcomed the revival of the CDG Express rail project that would link the centre of Paris with the airport railway at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Frédéric Cuvillier, the French Minister of Transport, Sea and Fisheries, announced the news yesterday during a visit to the airport.

He says a research company that meets the State Network Ferré de France (RFF) and Aéroports de Paris will be set up to ensure the feasibility and technical, legal and financial viability of the link.

The CDG Express project involves the construction of a link direct to the centre of Paris with Paris CDG, and the development is expected to enhance the attractiveness of the airport and France.

The rail link was first conceived back in 2000, but stalled because of strained government finances after construction group Vinci pulled out in 2011.

Last year, Cuvillier said the €1.7 billion project may be partially funded from new taxes on airline tickets that would raise €400 million.

Augustin de Romanet, chairman and CEO of Aéroports de Paris, welcomed the project’s revival.

“I welcome the commitment of the state and the personal commitment of Frédéric Cuvillier today allow the CDG Express project entering a new phase of studies giving every chance this direct connection to the day.

“This is a key issue quality of service for passengers and competitiveness Paris CDG. That is why when I arrived at the head of Aéroports de Paris I made a commitment to the success of this project,” Romanet says.

Paris CDG, situated in the north of the city, is now served by the RER rapid commuter rail network operating in Paris and its suburbs, which according to reports is increasingly congested.

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