French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has just announced a 3 billion-euro economic plan in order to develop Marseille’s transport offer. He promised another 1.5 billion euros for future projects.
The main part of the plan consists in building a new underground station in the center of the city to replace Saint-Charles train station. This change is supposed to solve many problems of traffic the city has long been suffering from. The cost of the project is estimated at about 2.5 billion euros. It will provide transport for an approximately 20 million people per year. To compare, the current influx of the station reaches only 12 million people.
Urban renovation of the city includes extending the subway line 2 and reconstructions in the center of the city. 1 billion euro will be used to renovate 14 different areas of Marseille located all along the new metro line.
Jean-Marc Ayrault’s intervention might be complicated as hundreds of Bouches-du-Rhônes mayors oppose the development plan and demand a national action from the socialist government.
Maxime Joly, IEJ 3G1