Alésia (Paris Métro)

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Alésia
Paris Métro
Paris Métro station
Alésia (métro Paris) vers Clignancourt par Cramos.JPG
Alésia prior to the installation of PSDs
Location73, av. du Général Leclerc
82, av. du Général Leclerc
205, av. du Maine
230, av. du Maine
14th arrondissement of Paris
Île-de-France
France
Coordinates48°49′42″N 2°19′36″E / 48.82833°N 2.32667°E / 48.82833; 2.32667Coordinates: 48°49′42″N 2°19′36″E / 48.82833°N 2.32667°E / 48.82833; 2.32667
Owned byRATP
Operated byRATP
Other information
Fare zone1
History
Opened30 October 1909 (1909-10-30)
Services
Preceding station   Paris Métro   Following station
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 4
Location
Alésia is located in Paris
Alésia
Alésia
Location within Paris

Alésia (French pronunciation: ​[alezja]) is a station of the Paris Métro on line 4 in the 14th arrondissement situated in Petit-Montrouge quarter.

Location[edit]

The station is located under the Place Victor-et-Hélène-Basch and its surroundings, dominated by the Saint-Pierre-de-Montrouge church. It is located at the intersection of Avenue du Maine, Avenue General Leclerc and Rue d'Alésia, between the Porte d'Orleans and Mouton-Duvernet metro stations.

History[edit]

The line 4 platforms were opened on 30 October 1909 when the southern section of the line opened between Raspail and Porte d'Orléans. The name refers to Rue d'Alésia, named for the Battle of Alesia between the Gauls of Vercingetorix and the Romans of Julius Caesar.

Recently this station has been retrofitted with platform screen doors, due to the RATP working on the line 4's automation.

This stop is featured in the animated films The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, in the chapter named Survive the Cave of the Beast. The choice of this station is due to the origin of its name.

It saw 5,113,245 travelers enter in 2018, which places it at the 88th position of metro stations for its usage.[1]

Passenger services[edit]

Access[edit]

The station has six entrances:

  • Entrance 1: pl. Victor-et-Hélène-Basch: first staircase at 230 avenue du Maine;
  • Entrance 2: Rue du Moulin-Vert: second staircase in front of 230 avenue du Maine;
  • Entrance 3: av. from Maine: stairs in front of 205 Avenue du Maine, on the west side of Saint-Pierre-de-Montrouge church;
  • Entrance 4: Saint-Pierre-de-Montrouge Church: staircase at 82 Avenue du Général-Leclerc, on the east side of the church;
  • Entrance 5: av. General-Leclerc: escalator from the platform of the subway direction Porte d'Orleans in front of 82 Avenue du Général-Leclerc;
  • Entrance 6: Rue Alésia: staircase in front of 75 Avenue du Général-Leclerc.

Station layout[edit]

Street Level
B1 Mezzanine for platform connection
Line 4 platform level Side platforms with PSDs, doors will open on the right
Northbound Metro-M.svg Paris Metro 4.svg toward Porte de Clignancourt (Mouton-Duvernet)
Southbound Metro-M.svg Paris Metro 4.svg toward Mairie de Montrouge (Porte d'Orléans)
Side platforms with PSDs, doors will open on the right

Platforms[edit]

Alésia is a standard configuration station. The platforms are separated by the metro tracks in the center. The walls are curved and the roof is elliptical. The platforms are being worked on as part of the automation of Line 4. Up until 2016, it was laid out in yellow Ouï-dire style with lighting strips, of the same color, supported by fake curved shaped consoles. The direct lighting is white and, contrary to most of the light strips of this style, indirect lighting. The white ceramic tiles are flat and cover the walls, the roof and the tympans. Advertising frames were yellow and cylindrical. The platforms was also equipped with Motte style seats and yellow sit-stand benches.

Since the beginning of 2016, the tiles and the lightning strips of the Ouï-dire platforms were renovated from 11 January 2016 to 30 June 2017. Since November 2018, the station's docks have been completely renovated, fitted with platform screen doors as part of the automation of Line 4.

Bus connections[edit]

The station is served by the Lines 38, 62, 68, 92 and the urban service Lignes de bus Traverses de Paris of the RATP Bus Network and, at night, by the N14, N21 and N66 lines of the Noctilien network.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trafic annuel entrant par station du réseau ferré 2018". data.ratp.fr (in French). Retrieved 2019-11-25.

Bibliography[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Media related to Alésia (Paris Metro) at Wikimedia Commons