The sector surrounding Perrache multimodal transport hub is to be transformed. The project has two main objectives: to improve the north-south connection on the peninsula, and to offer more comfort to the users of the rail, bus, subway and tram stations. Pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from a more fluid and peaceful environment in which to maneuver.


The project


Renovation of the Perrache sector is an important and long-awaited phase in the development of La Confluence district. It is a response to the increasing number of north-south trips along the peninsula and increased flow through Perrache multimodal transport hub.

A few important figures 

Today, a total of 100,000 users pass through the Perrache multimodal transport hub every day:

  • 70 % of the traffic applies to the hub itself,
  • 30 % of the traffic to Perrache train station.

By 2030 :

  • Traffic in the Perrache multimodal hub will double,
  • the Lyon metropolitan area will have 150,000 additional inhabitants,
  • the population of La Confluence district will have increased by 6000,
  • the number of employees in the La Confluence district will have doubled to 25,000.

Find out more (consultation file)

Opening up Perrache: a project conducted with users 

A consultation was conducted in 2016 on the redevelopment project for the Perrache station area. Through public meetings, workshops, various information documents and a dedicated social media site (Facebook page), it has collected 247 opinions that have informed the final project. 

The results of this consultation are available here.


4 main developments

A new entrance for Perrache station

Historically designed to open to the north, users of Perrache station tend to enter more from the south side, yet not a single ground-level station entrance has been created. The escalators installed outside to facilitate entry to the multimodal hub are aging and decreasingly operational. People with reduced mobility cannot access the platforms without assistance.

A new station entrance will be created at Place des Archives. It will allow direct access without the use of stairs or elevators. An access ramp will be installed for people with reduced mobility.

Work has been performed in accordance with the French Architectural Review Board (Bâtiments de France) to preserve and embellish the arches of the outside wall before creating an opening for the new entrance.

A restaurant will be opened in the new passenger pavilion to liven up the Place des Archives.


A pedestrianized tunnel

The arched tunnel to the west passes under Perrache Train Station and multimodal hub, and connects the Place des Archives to Place Carnot. This tunnel will be pedestrianized and redeveloped for active mobility.

To enable pedestrians and cyclists to move safely, this underpass will be equipped with wide sidewalks for pedestrians and a 4m wide bi-directional cycle lane. Natural light will enter from above, thanks to the partial demolition multimodal hub.

A warmer atmosphere will be created in the new underpass thanks to the work done by the landscape architects on the concrete coverings, and on the natural stone of the arches, which will be further embellished by new lighting.

Pedestrians and cyclists will make the journey in three sections starting in La Confluence: a first 120-meter section passing under the station, a second open-air section, covering 50 meters, and a third section passing under the multimodal hub that opens out onto Place Carnot with the demolition of the existing concrete wall that currently prevents direct access to the square.



The cycle lanes will be extended to the exit on Place des Archives, thanks to the transformation of the upper section of Cours Charlemagne into a meeting point. This zone will be reserved for emergency services’ vehicles, residents, deliveries and taxis.


Extension of the T2 tram line behind Perrache station

The T2 tram line currently terminates in Perrache. This terminus will be moved further south of the neighborhood to free up the station and provide the district with increased tram service.


Ease of access and improved comfort in the subway.

Access to Perrache subway station is currently located on Place Carnot. In order to access the subway, users arriving from La Confluence must cross the entire west tunnel (on ground level) – a somewhat unpleasant environment – or, if they use the escalators located on Place des Archives, they must cross the train station and the multimodal hub. The challenge is to simplify these routes, especially for people with reduced mobility.

A new opening enabling access to the subway will be made under the west arched tunnel approximately 150 meters from Place des Archives. The current Place Carnot entrance will be redesigned. 

A bicycle parking area will be installed near the Place Carnot entrance to the metro.


The construction and renovation schedule 

Work already accomplished:

  • Renovation and work to improve accessibility for persons with reduced mobility of Perrache Train Station platforms (Rhone side).
  • Preparatory work to close the west arched tunnel:
    • Redevelopment of the roads at the Kitchener - Rambaud junction to reinforce road traffic capacity;
    • Developments on the east side of Place Carnot:
      • Road resurfacing,
      • Sidewalk layout,
      • Reorganization of parking layout,
      • Addition of an extra lane of traffic between rue Verdun and rue Duhamel to make it a two-lane road;
    • The opening of the road to rue Vaubecour from the south;
    • Embellishment of the station facade, Place des Archives.

The 2018 - 2019 - 2020 roadmap

  • Summer 2018: connection of the station to La Confluence’s district heating network.
  • From June 2018 to summer 2019: work to create new access station on the Place des Archives > opening envisaged mid-2019.
  • 2 July 2018: closing of the west tunnel. This means definitive closure for motorized vehicles. Deliveries planned for the first half of 2020:
  • The new, pedestrianized west tunnel reserved for pedestrians and soft modes of transport,
  • Delivery of the redeveloped Place des Archives,
  • New access to the subway via the west tunnel.
  • End of 2020: finalization of the extension of the T2 tramway line


How to get about during the construction work?

From 2 July 2018, the west tunnel will be closed. Provisional diversions will be put in place for pedestrians and cyclists, and definitive new roads created for cars. Discover them here:

  • Pedestrian diversion > map
  • Cyclist diversion > map
  • New roads > map


A partnership project

The State, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, SNCF Mobilités Gares & Connexions and SNCF Réseau, Lyon Métropole, Lyon City Council, and SYTRAL are all working together with SPL Lyon Confluence, which is in charge of coordination. 

In 2015, the partners defined the project’s phases and the initial funding package. Indeed, considering the investment capacities of each party, the development was "phased" to enable the operational launch of phase one from 2018. The estimated cost of these first works is €36.2 M


Find out more about Perrache's history 

Perrache Train Station was inaugurated in 1857. This large-scale project, built 6 meters high to protect against flooding, is north facing and effectively “cuts” the peninsula in half. This was not surprising at the time, given that, for many years, this part of the city, which leads to the confluence of the two rivers, was home to slaughterhouses, arsenals, prisons and industries, which were best kept out of view. The expression "behind the arches", designating the peninsula south of Perrache, was coined during this era. Find out more


Adapting the city for cars.

One century after the station’s creation, the Perrache district underwent major changes once again. In 1963, in response to the significant rise in car use, France adopted a national highways development plan. It included the construction of 2000 kilometers of highways, and made connecting Paris and Marseille a priority. Because of its geographical position, Lyon was directly concerned. The A6 (Paris-Lyon) and A7 (Lyon-Marseille) motorways were built. To connect them, the tunnel under Fourvière was put in service in 1971. The tunnel’s creation was also designed to simplify travel between the west and the east of the conurbation, and to facilitate access to the Part-Dieu business district – then under full development. Find out more


Highways, tunnels and the multimodal hub 

The Perrache multimodal hub was commissioned in 1976. It is positioned above the A6 highway and adjoins Perrache Train Station, to which it is connected by a pedestrian bridge across to Cours Charlemagne. The goal was to encourage inter-modality. The hub soon housed the subway station (the terminus of line A, which was commissioned in 1978), a bus station (TCL [Lyon public transport] and intercity buses), taxis and a 1000-space parking lot. Its construction created a new urban break between the north and the south of the peninsula. Perrache became a veritable barrier for Lyon’s pedestrians. Find out more


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The project 

Perrache multimodal hub transformation project (c) Asylum

Future south facade of Perrache station

Perrache multimodal hub transformation project from Place Carnot (c) Asylum

Projet de transformation du PEM Perrache depuis la place Carnot (c) Asylum

The work already completed

Perrache: after initial works at Place Carnot (c) Jérôme Boucherat

Perrache: after initial works at the Kitchener junction (c) Jérôme Boucherat

Perrache: after initial works on the south facade of the station (c) Jérémy Mathieu

Perrache: after initial works on the Rhone passage (c) Jérémy Mathieu


Some history

Perrache Train Station (c) PMartel collectionPerrache Train Station (c) PMartel collection

1970s: Construction of the tunnel under Fourvière (c) Métropole de Lyon

1970s: Construction of the tunnel under Fourvière (c) Métropole de Lyon 

1970s: construction of the Lyon-Perrache multimodal hub (c) Métropole de Lyon

1970s: construction of the Lyon-Perrache multimodal hub (c) Métropole de Lyon