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Gare de la Part-Dieu (English: Part-Dieu railway station) is the primary railway station in Lyonmarker, Francemarker.

This zone is served by the metro line and (2010)

Entrance Vivier-Merle side to the station


History

The station was constructed in 1978 as part of the new Part-Dieu urban neighbourhood project. As the planners intended Part-Dieu to act as a second city centre for Lyon, the large train station was built in conjunction with a shopping centre (the largest in France outside of Île-de-France)marker, a major government office complex, and the tallest skyscraper in the region, nicknamed Le Crayon (The Pencil) due to its shape.

Prior to the construction of the Gare de la Part-Dieu, the neighbourhood was served by Brotteaux railway station. It closed in 1982 and its operations were absorbed into this station.

While Part-Dieu is routinely the busiest, four other stations operate in metro Lyon: Perrachemarker (in the city-center), Lyon-Vaise, Saint-Paulmarker, and Gorge de Loup.

Rail connections

Part-Dieu is a significant railway hub, connected to the French (SNCF) and international rail networks. From the many lines that run through Lyon, Part-Dieu is directly connected to Parismarker, Marseillemarker, Valencemarker, Saint-√Čtiennemarker, Nicemarker, Perpignanmarker, Rouenmarker, Roissy, Lillemarker, Brusselsmarker, Genevamarker, Metzmarker, Strasbourgmarker, Tarbes, Bayonnemarker, Nantesmarker, Grenoblemarker and Bordeauxmarker.

The station is served by France's high-speed rail service, TGV, in addition to regional TER trains.

Airport connections

Part-Dieu has connections to Parismarker Charles de Gaulle airportmarker (CDG) by TGV and has been assigned the "XYD" airport code, the SNCF is proposing connection services to CDGmarker under code sharing agreement with many airlines.

Part-Dieu also has connections to the Lyon Saint-Exup√©ry Airportmarker by bus. As of mid-2010, the Rh√īnexpress express tram will link the train station to the airport in 25 minutes.

Traffic

Part Dieu platforms during a period of low traffic.
The station has significantly surpassed its initial traffic expectations, from a moderate 35,000 passengers a day in 1983 to 80,000 passengers on 500 trains a day in 2001. Because of the increased traffic, the station was renovated from 1995-2001 to increase the number of platforms and alter the exterior.

In 2007, the station served roughly 29 million passengers, approaching 100,000 for an average weekday.

Local transportation

Lyon Part-Dieu has direct access to the Lyon Metro line B and tramways T1, T3, and T4.

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