Paris’s Gare du Nord station and Eurostar terminal will triple in size by 2024 as the city prepares to host the Olympic Games.
France’s state rail operator SNCF has entered into partnership with French real estate giant Ceetrus to deliver the transformation, which will increase Eurostar capacity and improve access to Charles de Gaulle airport and other stations in the city.
The station, France’s busiest, serves 207 million passengers a year and dates to 1846.
Architect Denis Valide will lead the project, which has been compared to that which transformed London St Pancras into an international rail hub.
The new-look station, says SNCF, will be open to the public by mid-2023 and will set new environmental and energy standards, while incorporating green space too.
It will also feature a rooftop sports hub, including a 1km running track.
By 2030, SNCF predicts Gare du Nord will accommodate 900,000 passengers a day.
It adds rush hour Eurostar business “is expected to grow by nearly 50%” while the new Charles de Gaulle Express line will link Gare du Nord to France’s biggest airport through Gare de l’Est.