Valérie Pécresse wants to organize a referendum on the future of the Paris ring road

The president of the Île-de-France and Ile-de-France Mobilités region exhibits in The Parisian its priorities in transport. It is particularly opposed to the urban boulevard project of the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

Paris ring road, public transport, Véligo rental … In an interview with Parisian , Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France region and Île-de-France Mobilités, re-elected in June, details the issues related to transport which will be her priority during her second term.

One of the main topics will be the question of the Paris ring road. Indeed, in February 2020, Anne Hidalgo announced her plan to lower the speed on the Paris ring road and transform it into an urban boulevard, with red lights and pedestrian crossings. A reconfiguration to which the president of the region is fiercely opposed. “Carpool or bus stops on the ring road, that can’t work. It’s wishful thinking », She puts forward.

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Valérie Pécresse wishes to organize a regional referendum to decide on the future of the ring road. “It is necessary to give the floor to the Ile-de-France residents on their living conditions and their stress and their expectations. The periphery does not belong only to Parisians. It will be a referendum in which all Ile-de-France residents can participate.“”We will talk about it again in the coming weeks to specify the framework and the mode of operation.Of this consultation, she adds.

According to a study carried out by the City of Paris, Ile-de-France residents overwhelmingly reject this transformation project. According to 76% of the motorists questioned, although often saturated, this boulevard remains widely acclaimed because it is “More direct and simpler”. A study questioned by Valérie Pécresse: “The mayor of Paris made a study among those who return or leave Paris, that is to say only 60% of the users. However, of the 1.2 million vehicles that use it every day, 40% go from suburb to suburb.

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The “tariff shield»Scheduled for the end of 2022

With regard to public transport in Île-de-France, the president of the region recognizes that there were real disruptions all summer on the RER B. In question, the accident which occurred in Massy on the 25th. July but also many works carried out to increase the number of trains on the southern part at Gentilly, Bagneux, Palaiseau. To compensate for this summer inconvenience, Valérie Pécresse announces that compensation will be studied: “We are already moving towards compensation in the first quarter of 2022, after taking stock of the year 2021 of regularity branch by branch.

Regarding the work of the CDG Express, Valérie Pécresse declared having written to Prime Minister Jean Castex in order to postpone its commissioning for two years, from 2025 to 2027, in order to “guarantee satisfactory operation of the RER B“, this “that today the State is not able to guarantee” according to her. The renovation work on the RER B north of Paris is in fact linked to the CDG Express site, a rapid link between the capital and Roissy airport threatened by legal proceedings.

Valérie Pécresse also clarified the implementation of her “tariff shield“In Ile-de-France public transport, a campaign promise: after a transitional stage in early 2022,”the rate of 4 euros maximum may apply to all journeys with the tram and bus connection included»At the end of 2022, she announced. The Liberté + package, a pass that allows pricing based on actual consumption, will then be rolled out to the train network in the outer suburbs.

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Regarding the issue of safety in transport, the president of Île-de-France Mobilités highlights that 1000 more security agents will be deployed in transport during the mandate which begins but demands all the same to the ‘State the return of the 300 police posts deleted since 2015.

Finally, to continue to encourage the use of bicycles by Ile-de-France residents, the long-term electric bike rental service, Véligo location, will accelerate. “We are going to double the number of bicycles in service and open them up to new uses. In particular, the company bike, for communities, businesses, and other audiences, such as high school students and perhaps delivery men », Specifies Valérie Pécresse. As for assistance with the purchase of an electric bicycle, it is extended until the end of the year at least.


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