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Grand Paris Express – Last TBM on Line 16

Grand Paris Express Line 16 Project Site

Named in honor of Maud Tallet, mayor of Champs-sur-Marne and former teacher, the name of the last TBM for Line 16 was revealed on 30 March 2022 at the construction site near Noisy-Champs station. The godmother was chosen in a vote in the various extracurricular structures of the commune of Champs-sur-Marne. Several dozen children were able to give their votes and choose the name of the last TBM for line 16.

Herrenknecht was the manufacturing company of TBM Maud, which is generated for the group of companies led by Razel-Bec and is due to launch in the summer of 2022 to excavate a 5.5-kilometer-long tunnel from the back of the kilometers long, from the Noisy – Champs back station to the Bel-Air structure at Chelles. Linking lines 15 and 16 to each other at Noisy – Champs, following the excavation of this section the first ring road of the Grand Paris Express will be revealed. The previous drive of this tunnel boring machine was on line 15 South between 2019 and 2021 (under the name Camille) between Créteil L’Echat station and the Salengro structure at Champignysur-Marne.

Updates on Tunnel boring machines on line 16:

  • The Sarah, Bantan, and Inès TBMs have already ended the digging process on line 16, while the Armelle tunnel boring machine should complete its journey and arrive at its destination at Blanc-Mesnil in a few days’ time.
  • The tunneling process of two tunnel boring machines, Mireille and Houda, is undergoing among Aulnay, Sevran, Livry Gargan, Clichy sous-bois and Montfermeil.
  • There is still about 12 km to be dug on the line, including 5.5 km by the Maud tunnel boring machine.

Stretching from Seine-Saint-Denis to the borders of the Seine-et-Marne serving the Chelles and Noisy-Champs stations, Line 16 is going to provide 200,000 journeys per day, whereas it is 29 km long and includes 10 stations, 8 of which connected to the Ile-de-France transport network and will benefit nearly 800,000 inhabitants, improving the daily lives of many inhabitants of the East Ile-de-France. In connection with many transport lines (RER A, RER E, RER B, lines Transilien), it will also provide a direct link to the Cité Descartes and the Plaine Saint-Denis.

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