Place Marguerite de Navarre entrance
|Location||1st arrondissement of Paris, Île-de-France|
|Owned by||RATP Group|
|Operated by||RATP Group|
|Opened||9 December 1977|
|Passengers (2015)||26,017,693 (RER A & B)|
Châtelet–Les Halles (French: [ʃɑtlɛ le al]) is a major train hub in Paris and one of the largest underground stations in the world. Opened in 1977, it is the central transit node of the Île-de-France metropolitan area, connecting three of five RER commuter-rail lines and five of sixteen Métro lines. The hub hosts 750,000 travellers per weekday (493,000 for the RER alone) and platforms separated by up to 800 metres (0.49 mile). It is named after the Châtelet monument and the former market of Les Halles.
Formally, the name Châtelet–Les Halles designates the RER station alone. Informally, it refers to the hub comprising the eponymous RER station (hosting lines A, B and D) plus the contiguous Paris Métro stations Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14) and Les Halles (line 4).
RER station layout
The tracks of the three RER lines are all oriented parallel in an east–west direction. The seven tracks are grouped on four platforms, with the outer platforms reserved for Lines A and B and the central ones for Line D. This enables easy cross-platform connections between RER A and RER B trains traveling in the same direction, and a solution for those RER D trains which use the station as a terminus.
A major redevelopment of the hub and adjoining Forum des Halles shopping mall was completed in 2018, with the main aim of improving safety in the event of an emergency evacuation at peak traffic time. The renovation included the construction of a major new entrance at Place Marguerite de Navarre, with direct access to the RER station hall; the complete renovation and enlargement of the RER station hall; and extension of key escalators to lower levels of the station.
- Roland, Gérard (2003). Stations de métro. D’Abbesses à Wagram. Éditions Bonneton.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2010. Retrieved 2008-03-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "STIF - Redevelopment of the hub RER Châtelet - Les Halles" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2011. (4.04 MB)(in French)
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