By rejecting the request for cancellation of the declaration of public utility (DUP) demanded by a group of opponents, the highest French administrative court is paving the way for the creation of a high-speed line (LGV) aimed at connecting Toulouse and Paris, via Bordeaux, in just over three hours, compared to around 4:10 today.
The Council of State thus lifted, Monday evening September 27, the last legal obstacle to the high-speed rail line project between Bordeaux and Toulouse. This project had been declared of public utility and urgent in 2016. The Council of State had been seized by a collective of associations, elected officials and communities of Gironde and Lot-et-Garonne opposed to the project to the south of Bordeaux. They contested the merits of the DUP for the section of the LGV depending from the Bègles station to that of Saint-Médard-d’Eyrans, about ten kilometers further south.
On the financing side, the State undertakes to pay 4.1 billion euros for the construction of this new line between Bordeaux and Toulouse, or about 40% of the total cost of the project.
The communities – regions, departments and agglomerations of Occitanie and Nouvelle-Aquitaine The remaining 20% must be supplemented by European funds, according to the promoters of the project A tour de table bringing together, on Tuesday evening, the main local financiers of the line, a fact know the New Aquitaine region.