ROISSY, FRANCE, April 3 /CNW/ - Pierre Graff, CEO & Chairman of Aeroports
de Paris inaugurates today CDGVAL, the new automated metro of Paris-Charles de
Gaulle airport. Following the tradition, a private visit is then planned for
staff. As from tomorrow, the new metro will be accessible to passengers.
CDGVAL is a free driverless train meant to facilitate inter-terminal
transfers for passengers and the 85 000 employees of Paris-Charles de Gaulle
airport. It links the 3 terminals of the airport, RER-TGV stations and
long-term car parks. CDGVAL covers a total distance of 3.5 kilometres in 8
minutes (against 25 by bus).
The line has 5 stops: Terminal 1 -PR car park - Terminal 3 Roissypole -PX
car park- Terminal 2 train station.
" With CDGVAL, Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport offers now a real link
between terminal 1 and terminal 2. Faster, it will hence facilitate
inter-terminal transfers for our passengers while respecting the environment
", states Pierre Graff.
Unique in Europe: CDGVAL benefits from a two-way automated pilot
This new automated people-mover is unique in Europe as it is the only one
to benefit from a two-way automated pilot. CDGVAL can run on the same track
from one end to the other of the line (which can be handy for maintenance).
CDGVAL: at the service of passengers
Besides its fastness, CDGVAL offers a regularity without equivalent as a
train is available every 4 minutes. It is also very reliable as it runs 24
hours a day and 7 days a week. For optimum safety, the platforms in each
station are equipped with automatic doors which open only after the train
stops. It is hence impossible to go down on the tracks.
To make the journey more pleasant, a flower trail has been created along
the train line. Rare species of flowers have been planted. Passengers can
hence, at blooming season, gaze at Japanese azaleas, magnolias, white
Beyond its technical characteristics, CDGVAL is also a 100% electric
means of transport. The replacement of twenty shuttles will avoid the emission
of nearly 15 tonnes of nitrogen oxide and a little less than 2 500 tonnes of
carbon dioxide per year. It will also allow a substantial saving of nearly 750
tonnes of diesel oil.
Internationally renown partners
Siemens (builder of Lille, Rennes or Chicago metros) built CDGVAL.
Aerosat, common subsidiary of Siemens Transportation Systems and Keolis
(leading operator of automatic metros in France) will be in charge of
Aeroports de Paris (Paris:ADP) builds, develops and manages airports
including Paris-Orly, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Le Bourget. Aeroports
de Paris is the 2nd European airport group in terms of airport turnover and
the 1st European airport group in terms of cargo and mail. Aeroports de Paris
accommodates nearly 460 airlines, mainly the major actors of air transport.
Benefiting from an exceptional geographical location and a major trading
area, the group's strategy is to modernize its terminal facilities and to
upgrade its quality of service. It also intends to develop its retail and real
estate business. In 2006, Aeroports de Paris Group had a turnover of 2,076.8
million euros, its net income amounted to 152.1 million euros and it handled
82.5 million passengers.
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