The renovation of the Gare du Nord train station in preparation for the Rugby World Cup 2023 has been suspended. Rugby Fans can buy Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets from our website.

The French national railway company SNCF has decided to cancel the plan because the large-scale project has fallen behind and cannot be completed before the 2023 Rugby World Cup or the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

French national railway company SNCF has decided to cancel the plan
French national railway company SNCF has decided to cancel the plan

The project will triple the size of one of Europe’s busiest stations, and the costs will also increase.

Ceetrus, the prime contractor on the original project, warned in July that the final bill could triple from the initial estimate of €500 million or about £427 million – about £1.2 billion.

Approximately 18,500 square meters of retail space, 13,500 square meters of restaurants, and 11,400 square meters of roof gardens are some of the new additions to the station under the project.

The project will also force Gare du Nord, which offers routes across Europe, including London, to cancel a quarter of the 2,200 trains that pass through the station daily in 2023 and 2024.

However, the SNCF has now launched the “Plan B” and should undergo a much smaller transformation that can be completed before the Rugby games.

According to a local newspaper L’Equipe, French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari stated: “We are asking the SNCF to prepare a much smaller project, about 50 million euros, to adapt and respond to it. Challenges in 2023 and 2024.”

SNCF has now launched the "Plan B" and should undergo a much smaller transformation
SNCF has now launched the “Plan B” and should undergo a much smaller transformation

SNCF pushing the bill to over €1.5 billion Gares & Connexions was warned in July that the projected cost of this work has fallen, and is still expected to be €500 million by the end of 2020, and there are ” significant costs.” postpone” to avoid completion before the 2024 Olympics, as originally planned.

After discontinuing the project with Ceetrus, SNCF Gares & Connexions now pledges to “adapt quickly to Gare du Nord to meet the challenges of the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and the 2024 Olympics.”

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