In February 2017, the Bordeaux-Paris LGV had its proud opening. This high-speed train promises to connect Bordeaux with Paris in 2 hours and 4 minutes, i.e. 1 hour and 10 minutes less than the current route.
The LGV project was mentioned for the first time in 1992. It took 25 years and a few billion euros of investment for the project to succeed. It was not until 2012 that the huge construction job began. In total, 340km of tracks extend the Atlantic LGV which already connects Tours and Paris. To implement this colossal project, 117 communities were crossed, 15 structures were constructed (bridge, viaduct, etc.), and 50 million m3 of land were developed. The installation of railway equipment (rails, overhead lines, tracks, and signals) began in 2014 and was completed in 2016. During 2016, testing phases were launched to ensure the safety of the train at high speed, which can reach up to 350 km/h.
The LGV is a real development opportunity for the Bordeaux metropolis. It contributes to further increase the touristic attraction of the city. Facilitating transport to and from the French capital, the LGV intends to enhance the economy of the city by also attracting Parisian workers. And the SNCF wants to make efforts to encourage professionals to board its new line (offering Wi-Fi on board, a waiting line dedicated to professionals, etc.).
The eagerly awaited date of 2 July 2017 is an eagerly awaited date that will formalise the opening of the rail line to passengers. This date coincides perfectly with the completion of the construction of the Saint-Jean station in Bordeaux which underwent a small modernisation. It is therefore a brand new station that will accommodate, as it should, millions of travellers. For the occasion, 400 agents of the network have been undergoing training for the operating of the new trains since the beginning of the year.