French Transport Minister Jean-Claude Gayssot and SNCF President Louis Gallois joined ceremonies at Paris Nord on November 21 to mark the completion of a new suburban concourse. As part of a Fr257·5m programme to rebuild the suburban section of the station, work began in 1997 to dig a light well and build a new glass roof in the style of the 19th century original. Renovation work is still underway on the former suburban annexe along the Rue du Faubourg Saint Denis above the RER through platforms.SNCF is planning to spend Fr2bn on renovating its other main line stations in Paris, with retail facilities to be developed at Saint-Lazare, Lyon and Austerlitz