A train of RER NG stock at La Défense during the press launch. (Eole V. Bertrand
Work to increase capacity on the Paris rail network continues in readiness for the Olympic Games this summer. 
After a press event on 3 May, the 8km EUR 3.8bn western extension of RER line E from Haussmann-St-Lazare to Nanterre-La Folie opened for passenger service on 6 May but at first with just a 15-minute service 10.00-16.00 on weekdays and 10.00-20.00 at weekends between Nanterre and Magenta. This overlaps with the regular line E service from Haussman-St-Lazare via Magenta and Noissy-le-Sec to Tournan and Chelles Gournay in the eastern suburbs. 
The work has taken seven years and includes three new stations: Neuilly-Porte Maillot (interchange with RER C, metro 1 and tramway T3b), La Défense (interchange with RER A, metro 1 and tramway T2) and Nanterre-la-Folie. St-Lazare to Nanterre-la-Follie takes just 12 minutes. 
Since November the line E has been operated by 34 RER New Generation double-deck trains (Z58000 class) from a batch of 130 costing EUR 1.8bn. It is hoped to reduce overcrowding on RER line A by transferring 15% of the latter's passengers to line E, which should carry 620 000 passengers/day. RER line B should also transfer 10% of its passengers. 
A through service of 16 trains/hour is expected by the end of the year together with extension in 2026 further west from Nanterre-la-Folie to Mantes-la-Jolie over 47km of upgraded line. 
A train of RER NG stock at La Défense during the press launch. (Eole V. Bertrand) 
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