20 avril 2017 - Sport and the Grand Paris Express

Grand Paris’ Sports Figures
Sport is more accessible thanks to the Grand Paris Express, according to the new study carried out by the Société du Grand Paris and the Paris Urbanism Agency (APUR)
Apur is publishing a study assessing the effects that the Grand Paris Express will have on access to sports facilities in Greater Paris - Grand Paris - , in the context of work carried out by the Station Neighbourhoods Observatory. The study reveals firstly that Grand Paris is well provided for in sports facilities. We also learn that the 200 km of new metro line will facilitate access to a dense, homogenous and varied offer of sports in the metropolitan territory.  People doing sport in Grand Paris will have easier and quicker access to sports venues which host international competitions: an organisational asset for the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympics. 
1,900 public sports facilites served by the 68 Grand Paris stations
The offer of sports amenities in Grand Paris is dense and varied with numerous venues. With 12,000 facilities, an average of 17 for every 100,000 inhabitants, the metropolis offers more sports options than London, which offers 15 for every 100,000 inhabitants.
Opportunities for those living in the metropolis to have a sports activity will develop with the expansion of the Grand Paris Express. It will link, within a radius of 800m around stations, 1,900 sports amenities, 650 of which are located in neighbourhoods which today have no metro, RER or train services. 491 collective sports amenities, 228 tennis courts, 134 collective out-door sports grounds, 82 athletics stadiums, 46 horse riding centres, 22 public swimming pools and 6 golf courses will lie within the perimeters of the 68 station neighbourhoods on the new metro line. Numerous hiking trails and lots of potential sites for bathing in the rivers Seine and Marne will also be accessible from the new metro’s stations.
The Grand Paris Express will open new horizons for outdoor sports enthusiasts. In 2030, 95% of Grand Paris inhabitants will live less than two km from a station, a distance easily covered on a bike or roller skates. Cycle paths are already being made within certain station neighbourhoods, such as Nogent (line 15 East) and Agnettes (line 15 West).   
“The Grand Paris Express is a tremendous lever for sport in Grand Paris and for mobilising the general public in response to large sports events. It is going to reveal the metropolis’ sports potential by facilitating access to numerous facilities thanks to the 4 new lines and 44 stations which will be running by 2024. Designed firstly for comfort and eco-friendly means of transport such as walking and cycling, the forecourts of the 68 new metro stations will promote new types of sport, a way of fighting against the sedentary lifestyle that touches urban areas.”
 Philippe Yvin, Chairman of the Board of Société du Grand Paris
“The study highlights how rich and diversified the offer of sports facilities is in Grand Paris. Also, it is within easy reach of potential users: 86% of the population live less than five minutes walk from a public sports facility. The Grand Paris Express will improve things even more because people will be able to find a more varied offer of amenities only two or three stations away from their home. This new network will also encourage the sharing of certain facilities and for them to be managed so as to bring down their running costs.”
Dominique Alba, Managing Director of Apur
Travel time reduced when going to sports events:
Nearly 500 large sports venues are able to host national and international competitions in the metropolis of Grand Paris. They can accommodate large numbers of spectators and are user-friendly places where people can share an enjoyable time. Around a hundred of these venues are located in station neighbourhoods. Access to them will be improved due to the frequency and running times of the Grand Paris Express.
Some examples of time saving journeys:
  • Champigny Centre to Stade de France : 30 minutes instead of 51 at present.
  • Massy Opéra to the Saint-Quentin National Golf Course: 19 minutes instead of 1 hour 1 minute.
  • Clichy – Montfermeil to Nanterre La Boule (U Arena) : 37 minutes instead of 1 hour 11 minutes.
Application #ObjectifParis2024 : The Société du Grand Paris rises to the challenge
According to the data cited by Apur, over half the inhabitants of Grand Paris say that they participate in a sports activity at least once a week. Under the impetus of the Athletes Committee and its Co-Director, Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 proposes a type of innovating commitment which encourages sport while at the same time actively supporting Paris’ bid for the Olympics.
Downloadable on iPhone and Android, the application “Objectif Paris 2024” allows each individual to become “Ambassador of Paris 2024”. To do this one simply has to cover the first five km of the “Ambassador” challenge. Once downloaded the application synchronises with sports applications and counts the kilometers that have been covered. Once the five kilometer finishing-line has been passed the new Ambassador unblocks access to different functions of the application and the “Paris 2024 challenges” can be taken on: 98 challenges propose covering 2,246 km and winning over 1,000  prizes from now until the naming of winners by the host town or city on 13th September 2017.
The Societé du Grand Paris collaborators take up the challenge. They want to eliminate 45 million calories, remembering that the building of the Grand Paris Express will generate 45 million tons of rubble. Link to the challenge:
About the Societé du Grand Paris
The Societé du Grand Paris is a public establishment created by the Government, whose mission is to pilot the extension and financing of Grand Paris Express. It oversees the building of the infrastructures which make up the network and the acquisition of the rolling stock that will travel on it. Future metro of Grand Paris, the Grand Paris Express is the biggest infrastructure and development project in Europe. With 200 kilometers of railway line, the project is planning four new metro lines around Paris, the extension of two existing lines (lines 11 and 14), the construction of 68 stations and the development of new districts around the future urban hubs.   
Apur (Paris Urbanism Agency)
The Agency is an association as defined by the 1901 law. It was created in 1967 and its principle missions are to produce studies and analyses of urban and societal developments on the scale of Paris and its metropolis.  Apur proposes forward looking or present day portraits with the aim of understanding and being more aware of the city.  A tool at the service of public policies on planning and development the Agency and its 23 members define a work program each year which lays down the details of all the studies, observatories and data processing work that Apur is charged with accomplishing.

Contacts presse :

Société du Grand Paris

Adresse mail
Xavier Bossaert : 06 19 41 50 18
Hugues Vanhoucke : 06 34 47 16 18
Camille Ruols : 01 40 41 54 96

Atelier parisien d'urbanisme

Adresse mail

Quentin Treton : 01 42 76 21 59


Documents to download

  • Press Pack 20 April 2017 - Sport and the Grand Paris Express

    Format : pdf, 338.19 KB