Bordeaux, soon to be a stone’s throw from the capital

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[Mis à jour le 5 septembre 2020]

The High Speed Line that will “bring” Paris to 2 hours from Bordeaux is in its final stretch. Photographs of the new trains have already circulated on the net, showing all the improvements: areas reserved for storing bicycles, a dedicated storage under each seat, selective sorting spaces. In addition, screens will broadcast practical information in real time, which will help inform travellers in the event of a delay.

With 18 round trips, project owners hope to continue on the job creation dynamics generated in 2015. Indeed, 4,500 jobs have already been created in the run-up to this new LGV. Goal announced for 2030 by Virginie Calmels, first deputy mayor of Bordeaux and vice-president of Bordeaux Metropole: 100,000 jobs.

Organize the transition from the High Speed Line

In response to the problems that this new traffic may create at the station, SNCF has already announced 1,700 parking spaces as of July 2017. With the Eastern European LGV coming to an end in 2016, the Great South West High Speed Line was still in its infancy. With more than 4 years of work, the first circulation tests took place in 2016, on the central section.

The first official test route, connecting Bordeaux to Paris, in a more than appreciable time of two hours and eight minutes. This augurs a record traffic, as soon as the official launch of the line.

LGV Bordeaux betting railway line

A reminder of the various stages of the LGV

A long legal battle surrounded this creation, in particular because of the expropriations made necessary by the construction and expansion of the tracks. In particular, the girondine portion, it was a decree dated 2 June 2016 that clarified the declaration of public utility of the construction of the Bordeaux-Toulouse and Bordeaux-Dax lines, for the sections of Saint Médard d’Eyrans in Saint-Jory, and Saint-Vincent de Paul.

A few years later, the appeals filed against him received the review of the Council of State, sanctioned by a rejection, by decision of the decision of 11 April 2018. In addition, the Administrative Court of Appeal of Bordeaux has confirmed the legality of the Declaration of Public Utility of the railway development required in the southern region of Bordeaux, this by decision of 17 October 2019, Finally, it was not until March 2020, on 12 March exactly, that the Administrative Court of Appeal informed the judgment of the Administrative Court of Toulouse dated 15 June 2018, and validated the DUP of the developments concerning the north of Toulouse.



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