Versailles Chantiers

1 railway

Before 1980 Versailles Chantiers
was a peaceful suburban station,
only linked to Paris by 1 railway track

Before 1980 Versailles had five stations, each providing a link to a Parisian station. Versailles Chantiers was a main line station with moderate traffic, a stop for two regional trains and for one intercity, the Granville – Paris Montparnasse. This line was the only way to reach Paris from the station, with Versailles Château Rive Gauche running to Invalides and Versailles Rive Droite to Saint-Lazare.

Before 1980 Versailles Chantiers was a peaceful suburban station, only linked to Paris by 1 railway track

Before 1980 Versailles had five stations, each providing a link to a Parisian station. Versailles Chantiers was a main line station with moderate traffic, a stop for two regional trains and for one intercity, the Granville – Paris Montparnasse. This line was the only way to reach Paris from the station, with Versailles Château Rive Gauche running to Invalides and Versailles Rive Droite to Saint-Lazare.

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  • LARMET D., SNCF Project Manager
3,2 ha

Surrounded by 3.2 hectares of disused railway land,
Versailles Chantiers station area is landlocked
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Located outside the preserved area of Versailles, Chantiers station is set in a dense, messy urban fabric. Time-honoured mansions sit amongst 1960s blocks of flats, administrative buildings neighbour SNCF warehouses, an unofficial car park is to be found opposite the station, seeming to keep it away from the city. In this urban imbroglio, 3.2 ha of disused freight tracks survive; an unrealised land potential.

Surrounded by 3.2 hectares of disused railway land, Versailles Chantiers station area is landlocked

Located outside the preserved area of Versailles, Chantiers station is set in a dense, messy urban fabric. Time-honoured mansions sit amongst 1960s blocks of flats, administrative buildings neighbour SNCF warehouses, an unofficial car park is to be found opposite the station, seeming to keep it away from the city. In this urban imbroglio, 3.2 ha of disused freight tracks survive; an unrealised land potential.

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  • LARMET D., SNCF Project Manager
954 000 jobs

From 1982 to 2011, the Ile-De-France region went
through a huge demographic and economic boom.
954 000 jobs were created

From 1982 to 2011 the economic attractiveness of Ile-de-France increased. The region registered the creation of 954 000 jobs, a large proportion of which were in the western suburbs. In parallel, its population increased by 878 077 inhabitants, making the Yvelines department the most populated of the outer suburbs of Paris. Located 6.5 km from Versailles, the conurbation of (…)

From 1982 to 2011, the Ile-De-France region went through a huge demographic and economic boom. 954 000 jobs were created

From 1982 to 2011 the economic attractiveness of Ile-de-France increased. The region registered the creation of 954 000 jobs, a large proportion of which were in the western suburbs. In parallel, its population increased by 878 077 inhabitants, making the Yvelines department the most populated of the outer suburbs of Paris. Located 6.5 km from Versailles, the conurbation of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines alone accounts for 10.5% of the population. The need for transport increased accordingly.

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4 lines

As the west of the Ile-de-France region
increases in density, 4 new lines redesign
the future of Versailles Chantiers station

Keeping up with the growth of the outer suburbs, the Ile-de-France network expanded. In 2005, Versailles Chantiers had to accommodate 4 extra lines within an unchanged infrastructure: the RER C in 1980, the U line serving La Défense in 1995, the N line linking Rambouillet to Montparnasse in 2004, and finally the TGV high-speed line Le Havre-Marseille, operational from 2001. This is how, in the early (…)

As the west of the Ile-de-France region increases in density, 4 new lines redesign the future of Versailles Chantiers station

Keeping up with the growth of the outer suburbs, the Ile-de-France network expanded. In 2005, Versailles Chantiers had to accommodate 4 extra lines within an unchanged infrastructure: the RER C in 1980, the U line serving La Défense in 1995, the N line linking Rambouillet to Montparnasse in 2004, and finally the TGV high-speed line Le Havre-Marseille, operational from 2001. This is how, in the early 2000s, Chantiers station ended up at the centre of a 7-line railway junction.

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90 000 people/day

On continuous increase for thirty years,
the passenger flow at Versailles Chantiers
exceeded 90 000 people per day in 2016

From 1978 to 1990, usage increased by 50%. For suburban journeys alone, passenger traffic amounted to nearly 10 million users in 1990; triple that of Versailles Château Rive Gauche and almost double that of Versailles Rive Droite. The number of passengers per day – mostly commuters – has not stopped increasing, and reached 90 000 in 2016, thus taking the station to saturation point for several years.

On continuous increase for thirty years, the passenger flow at Versailles Chantiers exceeded 90 000 people per day in 2016

From 1978 to 1990, usage increased by 50%. For suburban journeys alone, passenger traffic amounted to nearly 10 million users in 1990; triple that of Versailles Château Rive Gauche and almost double that of Versailles Rive Droite. The number of passengers per day – mostly commuters – has not stopped increasing, and reached 90 000 in 2016, thus taking the station to saturation point for several years.

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  • Ministère de l’Equipement, du Logement et des Transports, in « Plan de sauvegarde et de mise en valeur de Versailles », 1992
  • AREP, Etude de flux à Versailles Chantiers, 2015
€63.6K

In 2011 seven partners agreed
on a funding plan of 63 583 000 euros
for the refurbishment of the station

With the urgent need to channel passenger flow through the station and to renovate it, the State, the Yvelines department council, the Ile-de-France region, Versailles city, the STIF transport authority, SNCF Réseau, and SNCF Gares & Connexions came to an agreement to invest 63 583 000 euros in a refurbishment project. A transformation contributing to an urban project in which the city is (…)

In 2011 seven partners agreed on a funding plan of 63 583 000 euros for the refurbishment of the station

With the urgent need to channel passenger flow through the station and to renovate it, the State, the Yvelines department council, the Ile-de-France region, Versailles city, the STIF transport authority, SNCF Réseau, and SNCF Gares & Connexions came to an agreement to invest 63 583 000 euros in a refurbishment project. A transformation contributing to an urban project in which the city is investing 20 million euros.

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3 years

The transformation of Versailles Chantiers station
and the channelling of its passenger flow require
3 years of works

The works started in 2013 for a duration of 3 years. The historic 1930s hall was first renovated and equipped with five additional entries. A new sound system was installed. Installation of a walkway on the Porte de Buc side in 2011 already helped to ease passenger flow by immediately absorbing 10% of travellers. Passenger flow was channelled long-term thanks mainly to the construction, from (…)

The transformation of Versailles Chantiers station and the channelling of its passenger flow require 3 years of works

The works started in 2013 for a duration of 3 years. The historic 1930s hall was first renovated and equipped with five additional entries. A new sound system was installed. Installation of a walkway on the Porte de Buc side in 2011 already helped to ease passenger flow by immediately absorbing 10% of travellers. Passenger flow was channelled long-term thanks mainly to the construction, from 2015, of a second 450 m2 hall and a 100 m-long walkway to reach the platforms. Between them the two halls, linked by a passageway, will house twelve new shops, a coworking space, and a concierge service.

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27 buses

By the year 2019, 27 bus routes
brought together in a new bus station
located opposite the train station

The future bus station will be comprised of 14 platforms, bringing together all bus stops for the 27 regular routes that were spread around the station until now. Designed as a large-scale multimodal transport centre, it will serve over a million jobs in around twenty minutes and will go hand in hand with the creation, by 2019, of an underground parking space, designed to accommodate some 390 cars and (…)

By the year 2019, 27 bus routes brought together in a new bus station located opposite the train station

The future bus station will be comprised of 14 platforms, bringing together all bus stops for the 27 regular routes that were spread around the station until now. Designed as a large-scale multimodal transport centre, it will serve over a million jobs in around twenty minutes and will go hand in hand with the creation, by 2019, of an underground parking space, designed to accommodate some 390 cars and 200 bicycles. Eventually the bus station will also be able to accommodate future routes, in particular the route that will increase the link to the Satory site and the T Zen.

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43 500 m2

Following in the foot steps of the station
transformation, the city launches the construction
of a building complex of 43 500 square metres

Landlocked and sleepy in the past, the station district is soon to change into an economic hub. By 2023 two real estate islands totalling 43 500 m² will immerge on either side of the station. One will offer over 22 300 m2 of offices, with shops and services on the ground floor; Nature et Découvertes plans to establish its headquarters and foundation here. The second will be a mixture of private and public (…)

Following in the foot steps of the station transformation, the city launches the construction of a building complex of 43 500 square metres

Landlocked and sleepy in the past, the station district is soon to change into an economic hub. By 2023 two real estate islands totalling 43 500 m² will immerge on either side of the station. One will offer over 22 300 m2 of offices, with shops and services on the ground floor; Nature et Découvertes plans to establish its headquarters and foundation here. The second will be a mixture of private and public housing, student residences, and accommodation for elderly people. Revitalised, this mixed district will benefit from improved accessibility, whatever the mode of transport: train, bus, car, bicycle, or walking.

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  • Ville de Versailles, press pack : un nouveau pôle urbain, contemporain, végétalisé et aéré, 2016 [online]
2020-2030

On the 2020-2030 horizon, the future
of Versailles Chantiers station will be written
alongside that of Grand Paris

In the next 15 years, Versailles Chantiers will have become a major transport interchange between Paris at is western suburbs. From 2020 it will accommodate the Express Sud tram passengers. In 2022, the arrival of line 15 South at Clamart, situated 15 km from Versailles, should also have an impact on it. Finally, by 2030 it will be the terminal for the Greater Paris line 18. This will mean several tens of (…)

On the 2020-2030 horizon, the future of Versailles Chantiers station will be written alongside that of Grand Paris

In the next 15 years, Versailles Chantiers will have become a major transport interchange between Paris at is western suburbs. From 2020 it will accommodate the Express Sud tram passengers. In 2022, the arrival of line 15 South at Clamart, situated 15 km from Versailles, should also have an impact on it. Finally, by 2030 it will be the terminal for the Greater Paris line 18. This will mean several tens of thousands of extra passengers travelling through the station each day. Another challenge to be faced.

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