Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Gare de Saint-Exupéry TGV, Santiago Calatrava | Lyon-Saint Exupéry | France

Santiago Calatrava

Gare de Saint-Exupéry TGV (formerly Gare de Satolas) is a railway station situated 20km from Lyon city centre. Satolas was designed by Santiago Calatrava, built to serve the TGV line from Paris to Marseille and opened on 3 July 1994. The dramatic of the central hall’s superstructure derives from one of Calatrava’s sculptures: a balanced shape resembling a bird at the point of flight. The building is a steel covered cement structure. Above the tracks, a 300m long passenger concourse gives easy access to the platforms and is equipped with several travelators. Satolas railway station is linked to Lyon's Satolas Airport by a footbridge. This first airport (historically) to be served by a high speed station. Unfortunately, this proximity to the airport has not helped the station. Lack of interconnexion with Lyon's urban transport network is frequently cited for the station's low usage. The arrival of the LESLY express tram in 2009 will help this situation. [Wikipedia]

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