Grand Paris is the city’s most momentous infrastructure project for more than a century. The ongoing megaproject will involve the construction of 200km of new railways (90% underground) and 68 new train stations, as well as the deployment of 4,000 fully electric buses. This is essentially double Paris’s existing public transport network. The aim is to connect Paris’s suburbs with the city center and each other, facilitating ease of movement and economic growth for the entire metropolitan area. When completed it is expected to boost the French economy by creating well over 115,000 jobs.
Reliable and ready to work
But first, it needs to be built, right in the heart of Europe’s most populated area, across an area of 140 km2. The Volvo Group are working to help deliver this ambitious project for the benefit of all. Volvo’s core values of environment, quality and safety make the Volvo Group an ideal partner for projects such as Grand Paris.
Specializing in construction projects of this scale, Volvo CE’s larger general-purpose machines are already at work on the Grand Paris project. Volvo Trucks, meanwhile, is providing smart transport solutions, Volvo Penta is supplying flexible power solutions, Volvo Buses will provide its hybrid and all-electric buses, while Volvo Financial Services is delivering tailored finance and insurance solutions.
Faster, cleaner, quieter
Sustainability is one of the main ambitions of this gigantic transport scheme, and it is essential that the construction work is carried out with as minimal environmental impact as possible. To this end, the Volvo Group has been involved as a strategic partner right from the start. Environmental care is one of Volvo’s core values and its machines are renowned for their low fuel consumption and low emissions.
“While the number of megacities in the world is increasing, we’re also seeing a restructuring of many large cities, so they can become cleaner and less congested,” says Niclas Wahlström, Vice President of Hub West within Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) Sales Region EMEA. “The Grand Paris project will deliver a more connected, less polluted and more environmentally-friendly city by the end of 2030.”