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This is the southern sector of Lyon’s thriving metropolis. The new district, built thanks to the upcoming arrival of the expanded metro line B, Around the southern hospitals in Saint-Genis-Laval comes out of the ground.
By 2040, new residences, offices, shops, a large park and utilities will appear. Not to forget the new hospital activities of HCL (Hospices Civils de Lyon), the new metro station and the largest park and ride in Greater Lyon.
3,000 more population in the long run
“Ultimately, 3,000 more,” explains Marylène Millet, mayor of the town of Saint-Genis-Laval, with a population of 21,000, south of Lyon. “Fortunately it was a project built on the idea of the abandoned Ring of Sciences (Lyon Périphérique’s western section project, Editor’s note)”.
“Imagine a highway junction here…” says Bruno Bernard, the environmental head of Grand Lyon, amidst the trees that will be protected on this expansive 55-hectare ZAC that has been renamed “Le Vallon”.
By the end of 2023, Metro B will be a giant parking lot and bus station.
The first cornerstone of this new district is the last station of the extended B metro line. At the end of 2023, it will connect Charpennes with the Saint-Genis-Laval Hôpital Lyon Sud station via another new station in Oullins-center.
“It’s 2.4 kilometers more than the subway, Sud-Part-Dieu Hospital in 15 minutes“Even though Greater Lyon has recently given up on any future extensions, Bruno Bernard bragged, praising the metro’s relevance.
This station “changes a lot for those who work here, especially those at HCL. Work is underway to examine the bus offer. There is significant work going on to get city residents here preferably instead of cars,” says Bruno Bernard.
Metro station under construction in June 2022:
Once completed metro station with park and ride:
A stop and drive 790 car spaces, more than 90 car park spaces and 550 bike spaces. Selected environmentalists reviewed the project by reducing the number of parking spaces in 2020. This large 6-storey car park is also under construction.
The tests of the subway, where the rails and stations are stretched, will be held in the first quarter of 2023 and will be announced to the public at the end of next year. Saint-Genis-Laval is expected to have 25,000 daily passengers and 28,000 by 2028. In addition, a bus station with 9 platforms is being developed.
Access to one of the hills under construction in June 2022:
When the project is completed:
Metro terminal, park and drive: towards saturation?
Thousands of subway passengers a day, 10,000 people a day in hospitals in the south, a giant park and ride, new residents and offices: will the new district be saturated and be taken over by drivers from the periphery and workers south of Lyon?
From Saint-Genis-Laval/Part-Dieu, a brand new automatic metro and a 15-minute ride with trains every 2 minutes, the mayor does not hide his worries. Mayor Marylène Millet says, “We realized that the metro line will not be extended. So we will be the last stop.”
“We wanted a mobility and parking area study within a radius of 1.5 km around the metro in order to predict the influxes, prevent illegal parking, housing projects, road arrangements. We wanted to reduce the size of the park and drive with more bike space. , We want to avoid being a parking lot,” continues the mayor of Saint-Genis.
Jean-Charles Kohlhaas, vice president of transport in Greater Lyon, “guarantees that there will be a large bus station that will allow the bus lines to be relocated to the metro. There will be an arrangement of 780 parking spaces,” ignoring the increase in the number of car-sharing places where transportation will be arranged for those coming from far away. We also don’t. There will also be quite upward signs along with the number of places indicated to prevent drivers from coming in vain, notes the elected official.
HCL will also review its parking policy by implementing paid parking for patients at hospitals in the south.
1,350 “affordable” residences, offices, shops, etc.
The new ZAC, divided into districts, will include 1,350 new residences with affordable rents as 60% are social or real solidarity rentals. The project also offers 84,000 m2 of offices, services and shops, a primary and kindergarten group, a municipal nursery, a gym and numerous pedestrian areas.
A Large city park of 15 hectares will be developed thanks to the existing plant heritage.
Residences will also be built in old disused hospital buildings on the hills of the Sainte-Eugénie region. About fifteen historical buildings will be rehabilitated. This will be one of the final stages of the project, with deliveries between 2027 and 2030.
The first successes are expected to take place in 2026 with the opening of the student dormitory and offices after the metro is put into service.
New buildings for southern hospitals
According to its director, Anne Decq-Garcia, “the largest hospital in Europe with an area of 80 hectares” will benefit from this massive project to modernize it.
In September 2023, hospital activities, a new reception building and a car park-silo will appear opposite the metro by 2027, with a large building costing 150m euros.
Meanwhile, line B, the first decisive step in the commissioning of two new metro stations, will be automated with ultramodern trains from this weekend.
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