Île de France Mobilites to enhance accessibility of Melun station
Île de France Mobilites initiates a comprehensive project aimed at enhancing accessibility, connectivity and comfort at Melun station, marking a significant stride towards modernising transportation infrastructure in the region.
Credit: Île de France Mobilites
Île de France Mobilites (IDFM) has announced that it has started the modernisation of Melun station, the bustling transportation hub at the heart of Seine-et-Marne. This ambitious project aims to revolutionise the station’s infrastructure to ensure accessibility for all, enhance passenger comfort and streamline travel routes for commuters.
The comprehensive overhaul of Melun station and its mobility hub, scheduled for completion by 2030, represents a significant stride in the expansive investment drive by the Île-de-France Region and Île-de-France Mobilités to modernise transportation infrastructure across the region.
With €1.5 billion dedicated to making the rail network accessible by 2025 through the Accessibility Master Plan (SDA), Île-de-France Mobilités is not only focusing on station accessibility but also investing in state-of-the-art rolling stock equipped with advanced features catering to diverse passenger needs.
This initiative is the culmination of a collective effort, with input gathered from public consultations in 2018 involving local residents, commuters and authorities. The feedback garnered during this phase has played a pivotal role in shaping the project’s priorities, ensuring alignment with the genuine needs of the community.
Key aspects of the Melun station redevelopment project include:
- Creation of a new underground passage and vertical links for platform access
- Provision of accessibility features for persons with reduced mobility (PRM) and disabilities (PSH)
- Redevelopment of station spaces to alleviate congestion
- Promotion of active mobility, particularly cycling
- Establishment of a spacious pedestrian square facilitating drop-offs for T Zen 2 and urban buses
- Reconfiguration of bus stations, alongside the introduction of a Park and Ride facility.
The financing for this venture, amounting to €200 million, involves contributions from various stakeholders including the state, Île-de-France Region, Seine-et-Marne Department, Melun Val de Seine Urban Community, Île-de-France Mobility and SNCF Gares & Connexions.
Melun station, serving as a vital transit point for Transilien D and R, TER Bourgogne Franche-Comté and Ouigo lines, witnesses approximately 45,000 travellers daily.
The commencement of the project on 1 February 2024 marked the start of the demolition phase, focusing on clearing the old passenger building to pave the way for the new underpass. This critical step, spanning a 54-hour period, necessitates meticulous co-ordination among construction teams.