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Who would expect to see a level crossing in Paris? Well, funnily enough, there is one – and only one – that can be seen in the 20th arrondissement. Follow the guide…!

The last level crossing in Paris 

The last level crossing in Paris © French Moments
The last level crossing in Paris © French Moments

By the beginning of the 20th century most level crossings had been removed in central Paris in order to facilitate road traffic. Today only one level crossing is found in the French capital and it is situated in rue de Lagny, not far from Porte de Vincennes (20th arrondissement).

This traditional level crossing has four gates which block the traffic when a train comes from the tunnel exit or the depot. Access to the tunnel or the depot is blocked by sliding doors.

It is in fact a facility of the Paris métro as it leads the trains operating in Line 2 to their depot. The maintenance workshops of Charonne were originally built in 1900 at the opening of lines 1 and 2 of the Paris métro.

It is rarely used and I have never been there on the site when the gates were down.

The last level crossing in Paris © French Moments
The last level crossing in Paris © French Moments
  • Location: 89 rue de Lagny, 20th arrondissement
  • Closest métro station: Porte de Vincennes (métro line 1, tram lines 3a and 3b)

Lastly, did you know that the French term for “level crossing” was “passage à niveau” (masculine)?

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Gems of Paris by French Moments
About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of the Discovery Course on the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower and the Christmas book "Voyage au Pays de Noël".

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