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Take a tour of Rennes station

Our new station in Rennes—inaugurated on 3 July 2019 after a massive renovation—makes a powerful architectural statement. Take a tour of this striking building, designed to honour its home region of Brittany. 

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Brocéliande Forest comes to the heart of Rennes

Our new station in Rennes—gateway to Brittany—wears its regional identity proudly, evoking the mysterious mists of the legendary Brocéliande Forest with a transparent roof over a grove of wood-and-metal trees. AREP, a Gares & Connexions subsidiary, created this unique design in partnership with urban planners and landscape designers at FGP/TER.

Rennes station is now a full-fledged multimodal transport hub, reflecting a new vision of the city and a new approach to mobility. Features include innovative materials1 and a landscaped slope linking the northern and southern tracks.

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  • This new multimodal hub—a gathering place that gracefully combines terraces, walkways, bike paths and landscaping—is an integral part of the broader EuroRennes urban development project and a crossroads for trains, metro lines, buses, cars and bicycles.

  • The Rennes station roof was designed to evoke a cloud of mist hanging over Brittany’s mythical Brocéliande Forest. By day, virtually all of the natural light passes through to the interior of the building, and at night, the roof is lighted by LED lights.

  • 18 metal trees with 80 branches support the station’s beams and overhead walkways. Natural light pours into the building—a perfect companion to warm, welcoming wood.

  • Some 15 shops make the multimodal hub a destination in itself, where travellers can savour a selection of Brittany’s most famous specialities.

  • The new complex is divided into three levels. The top floor welcomes travellers with clean lines and abundant natural light. One level down, trains arrive and depart, and the underground level houses the multimodal hub, with connections to metro and buses

  • Stylish, ergonomic amenities fit harmoniously into the building’s lines, providing comfortable waiting areas for passengers.

  • The renovation included a thorough accessibility overhaul, creating 20 escalators, 14 stairways and 10 lifts.

  • Thanks to elevated walkways and lifts, it’s now easier for people with limited mobility to change platforms.

  • This multimodal mobility hub is more than a railway station—it’s an integral part of the EuroRennes urban development project, set to transform and revitalize the heart of the Breton city.

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Much more than a railway station

Rennes station is now a full-fledged multimodal mobility hub. We launched this transformation to meet three key goals:

  • provide better service for the high-speed line that has linked Paris to Rennes since 2017, cutting travel time to 1h26
  • create seamless links between different transport modes, including the connection between line A of the metro and the new line B, set to begin operating in late 2020
  • support the ambitious EuroRennes urban development project

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130,000 passengers expected every day by 2023

1 Such as ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE). This innovative material delivers excellent thermal insulation and outstanding transparency: 96% of ultraviolet rays pass through it, allowing natural light to pour in.