Gare de Bercy-Bourgogne-Pays d'Auvergne
Exterior of station
|Location||48 bis boulevard de Bercy|
|Platforms||6 + car loading platforms|
Gare de Paris Bercy, officially Gare de Paris Bercy Bourgogne - Pays d'Auvergne, is one of the seven mainline railway station termini in Paris, France. It handles about 4.3 million passengers annually according to the estimates of the SNCF, making it the least busy mainline station in Paris.
The station is located in the 12th arrondissement, on the right bank of the river Seine, in the east of Paris. It is located a short distance from Gare de Lyon and serves as an annex of the larger station, helping to relive the traffic in the busy station. The station is on the Paris–Marseille railway and hosts Intercités long-distance trains and TER Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regional trains. Trains depart from six platforms with tracks labeled with letters from P to V (tracks A to L are located inside Gare de Lyon).
The station is named after the Bercy neighborhood where it is located, and the subtitle name refers to the Bourgogne (English: Burgundy) and Auvergne regions that are served by trains departing from this station. The station is close to the Bercy sports arena on the Boulevard de Bercy, a short distance from the Gare d'Austerlitz, and offers connections to the Paris Métro Line 6 and Line 14 at Bercy Métro station.
Opened in 1977, the station was designed to specialize in auto-trains, which transport travelers along with their vehicles. The service, typically operating overnight, were also known as "train auto-couchettes" (TAC) because passengers rode in couchette-style sleeping cars. Auto-train services were operated between Paris Bercy to Avignon-Sud, Marseille-Saint-Charles, Toulon, Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël and Nice-Ville stations.
Starting in 2012, trains from Intercités long-distance trains and TER Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regional trains between Paris and the Bourgogne (English: Burgundy) and Auvergne regions were redirected from Gare de Lyon to Gare de Bercy to reduce the crowding at the larger station. The move was controversial and was protested by the president of the regional council of Auvergne who pointed out in a letter to SNCF that Gare de Bercy had fewer services and was less comfortable than Gare de Lyon. Users of the trains asked Conseil d'État to intervene and move services back, but the appeal was rejected in March 2014 with the council siding with SNCF's concerns about crowding at Gare de Lyon.
After it was clear that the service was being shifted to Gare de Bercy for good, each of the regions had asked to have the station renamed after them (Gare de Bourgogne or Gare de Auvergne), similar to how Gare de Lyon is named after the Lyon region. The 12th arrondissement of Paris (which was historically known as Bercy) opposed the change. In an effort to ease tensions, the SNCF agreed in September 2016 to use all of the names, renaming the station Gare de Pars Bercy Bourgogne - Pays d'Auvergne.
In October 2013, the esplanade in front of the station was renovated, adding the "Jardin des terroirs" (English: Garden of terroirs) that serves as both a neighborhood park and an outdoor waiting area for passengers.
Starting in December 2018, the passenger cars were removed from the auto-train service (so trains only consist of specialized autoracks) forcing passengers to purchase a ticket on a passenger train if they want to accompany their car to a destination. The SNCF discontinued the auto-train in December 2019, saying that they no longer made money.
The following services currently call at Paris-Bercy:
- intercity services (Intercités) Paris - Montargis - Nevers
- intercity services (Intercités) Paris - Nevers - Clermont-Ferrand
- local service (TER Bourgogne-Franche-Comté) Paris - Sens - Laroche-Migennes - Montbard - Dijon (- Lyon)
- local service (TER Bourgogne-Franche-Comté) Paris - Sens - Laroche-Migennes - Auxerre - Corbigny/Avallon
"Jardin des terroirs" (English: Garden of terroirs) in front of the station
Now disused ramps to load vehicles onto autoracks
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