Grands Boulevards (Paris Métro)

Grands Boulevards (French pronunciation: ​[ɡʁɑ̃ bulvaʁ]), formerly named "Rue Montmartre", is a station on Line 8 and Line 9 of the Paris Métro. The section of both lines from just east of Richelieu – Drouot to west of République was built under the Grand Boulevards, which replaced the Louis XIII wall and is in soft ground, which was once the course of the Seine. The lines are built on two levels, with line 8 on the higher level and line 9 in the lower level. The platforms are at the sides and the box containing the lines and supporting the road above is strengthened by a central wall between the tracks. There is no interconnection between the lines at Grands Boulevards, with each level having different accesses to the street.

Grands Boulevards
Paris Métro
Paris Métro station
Paris Subway Grands Boulevards.jpg
Line 8 platform toward Balard
Location2nd arrondissement of Paris
Île-de-France
France
Coordinates48°52′17″N 2°20′40″E / 48.871426°N 2.344342°E / 48.871426; 2.344342Coordinates: 48°52′17″N 2°20′40″E / 48.871426°N 2.344342°E / 48.871426; 2.344342
Owned byRATP
Operated byRATP
Other information
Fare zone1
History
Opened5 May 1931 (1931-05-05)
Previous namesRue Montmartre (1931–1998)
Services
Preceding station   Paris Métro   Following station
toward Balard
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 8
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 9
Location
Grands Boulevards is located in Paris
Grands Boulevards
Grands Boulevards
Location within Paris

HistoryEdit

OpeningEdit

 
Les grands Boulevards by Luigi Loir

The station was opened on 5 May 1931 with the extension of Line 8 from Richelieu–Drouot to Porte de Charenton. The Line 9 platforms were opened on 10 December 1933 with the extension of the line from Richelieu–Drouot to Porte de Montreuil.

Name changeEdit

Until 1998, the station was called "Rue Montmartre". It was renamed to reflect the programme of the former Mayor of Paris, Jean Tiberi, to upgrade the main Boulevards of Paris and because the old name suggested that the station was in the Montmartre district, misleading tourists.

Station layoutEdit

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound line 8     toward Balard (Richelieu–Drouot)
Wall
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound line 9     toward Pont de Sèvres (Richelieu–Drouot)
Eastbound line 9     toward Mairie de Montreuil (Bonne Nouvelle)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Wall
Eastbound line 8     toward Créteil–Pointe du Lac (Bonne Nouvelle)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

ReferencesEdit

  • Roland, Gérard (2003). Stations de métro. D’Abbesses à Wagram. Éditions Bonneton.