The first stage of the new Line 1 construction was completed in November 2015. It consisted of setting up new facades on the still unused new platforms in all stations.
The construction work, conducted exclusively at night, was completed according to plan. The partnership of engineering companies Faiveley-Eiffage developed the custom tools and methods of working that allowed them to carry out the operation in a timely fashion, in perfect coordination with the other companies involved in construction. This was, at times, rather complex.
The new platform facades’ design is more contemporary and more functional. The sliding doors and the fixed panels between the doors are built of metal reinforcements and glass panels of the same size. Result: a limited number of spare parts to store which facilitates maintenance and reduces cost. Their technique for automatic opening and closing has also evolved towards more technical simplicity and more efficient use of energy. Pneumatic doors, powered by double compressors, were replaced by innovative doors powered by electric engines that are easier to maintain.
These new platform facades also bring their share of novelties to improve transportation information. Light signals (green, orange, and red) will inform passengers of impending door openings and closings and will indicate where the 26 meter trains will stop. Audible indications will also be added to make the platforms accessible to the visually impaired.
Construction Broken Down in Numbers:
On the 36 platforms of line 1, the teams of the Faiveley-Eiffage partnership have installed 936 meters of facades, 36 emergency call boxes, 36 platform end doors and 216 train access doors in 18 stations. The facades and doors are equipped with numerous sensors that send information to the Centralized Command Post (Poste de Commande Centralisée).
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Original article, originally published in French here.
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