Toulouse “is the last French regional capital not to be directly served”, regrets the LR mayor of the city Jean-Luc Moudenc
Toulouse “is the last French regional capital not to be directly served by the LGV“Jean-Luc Moudenc, LR mayor of the city, first vice-president of the France Urbaine association, said Friday September 17 on franceinfo. The TGV is celebrating its 40th anniversary, but some large cities are still waiting to see the train at large speed arrive.Toulouse is one of them.
franceinfo: How do you explain that Toulouse was not yet the TGV?
Jean-Luc Moudenc: We are the last French regional capital not to be directly served by the LGV. I put the case of Le Havre aside because there are proximity to Paris. Toulouse for 20 years is the large French city which develops the most, creates the most jobs, so it is an anomaly. We obtained in the mobility law of December 2020 to be registered as the next project.
Emmanuel Macron was quite careful and did not repeat the calendars. Are you confident despite everything?
On a letter from the Prime Minister, an official letter. In a few days, we have a meeting of the local communities concerned, to bring our part of the financing. So, we are not waiting for the statements of the President of the Republic, we are already in the subject. The public inquiries have been completed, the declarations of public utility, all the administrative steps have been taken, the route has been determined, the necessary expropriations and acquisitions have been initiated. In other words, it is a committed project.
Will the state provide the necessary funding?
The State has officially committed by the law promulgated in the Official Journal, by the Prime Minister’s letter to bring 4.1 billion on the table, to seek European credits to the tune of just over 2 billion . So, now it is up to the communities of Occitanie and Nouvelle-Aquitaine to bring their share, that is to say 4.1 billion also over a period of 40 years. It is something that is sustainable.
Does it help to have a Prime Minister from Occitania for this project?
The advantage is that when I went to see him I didn’t need to explain what the project was, I didn’t need to convince him, I just needed to see with him how we were doing to relaunch the file. So, indeed, I testify, Jean Castex was a facilitator. He’s a man who likes to make, not someone who likes big statements. He’s someone who’s got his hands dirty and who’s getting things done.
When the LGV is effective, Toulouse will be 3 hours from Paris against 4:15 today. What will this change?
This will change the fact that Toulouse will finally be connected to the European high speed network and it will give a choice to the inhabitants of Toulouse and its region that they do not have today. A choice between the plane and the line at high speed.