At Bordeaux Saint-Jean station, for the LGV, the long work on the tracks is finally completed. On 28 February, the Head of State inaugurated the LGV linking Bordeaux to Paris in Charente in two hours, compared to three and a quarter hours so far. This titanic work, with a budget of 9 billion euros, was carried out over five years, in order to build this 300 km long high-speed line.
The LGV leaves traces, beyond the spirits
But the construction of such pathways haveodified the landscape. As a result, thousands of hectares of nature had to be modified or even moved to compensate with the construction site, which includes Tours. Enough to leave traces that will take years to integrate “in the décor”, other than in the only colossal budget …
Faster, more numerous, trains put into circulation from July 2017 on this new line called SEA (South Europe Atlantic) will facilitate the movement of travelers from all walks of life. Indeed, they often encountered punctuality problems due to the saturation of the historical line.
The aim of the French Ferrés Networks is to make a profit built by LISEA and VINCI. Completed one month before the announced date, the new High Speed Lineraises a thorn in the side of the SNCF. In addition, it reconciles the passengers with the train. Indeed, the means of transport was at half-mast, because of the rate increase. Not to mention the delays noted due to this saturation of the lines. Thus, 15% of travellersprefer to make long journeys by train, compared to 31% for the plane which, thanks to its low cost subsidiaries manages to be competitive.
The LGV on its way to Spain
On the other hand, in the coming years, the aim of this route is to link Bordeaux to Spain. This always in record time, as well as all the neighbouring European capitals. Indeed, it is a question of promoting the use of the train outside France, with a resolutely touristic stake. Nearly 20 direct round tripswill take place every day between Bordeaux and Paris.
Concerned about its profitability, LISEA-Vinci also expects an increase in the number of passengers by 3 million on this stretch. This is enough to collect comfortable fees as a line manager – fees that trains previously paid to SNCF. The latter stated that this new line would thus represent colossal losses, estimated at between 150 and 200 million euros each year.
However, let’s leave it to investors to cushion their efforts. It would still be desirable if the rates did not fly away, in order to be able to caress this sweet utopia that has become reality: crossing France in record time to go to work in the capital, or a shopping spree on the Champs Elysees just for the day!
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