10 days after declaring that the future LGV between Bordeaux and Toulouse would “slash villages in the South-Gironde”, the mayor (EELV) of Bordeaux Pierre Hurmic was invited to speak again about this file duringa debate organized this Monday evening on the set of the Bordeaux channel TV7.
In front of the chosen one, Alain Rousset, socialist president of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, which supports the line.
Alain Rousset does not want Toulouse to be “held hostage by Bordeaux
From the outset, Alain Rousset wanted to be solemn in assuring that this estimated high-speed line “an investment for 100 years“, to which Pierre Hurmic replied that”LGV is a model that has been pushed beyond its relevance“.
Alain Rousset directly tackled the mayor of Bordeaux by asking this rhetorical question: “Can Bordeaux now take the Toulouse residents hostage?“, above all, he said, that”today in Toulouse we have lines that are saturated, on which we can no longer fit new trains, and on which we have enormous problems of regularity and punctuality“.
As such, the president of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region recalled the time saved thanks to this line: “_we will save an hour on this axis, and this time saving allows us to leave the plane, the car, to take the train_. In Marseille, 70% of air traffic went to the train with the opening of the LGV“, he insists.
An unjustified project according to Pierre Hurmic
But according to the mayor of Bordeaux, the time saving is marginal and he wants an alternative:
By improving the current lines, we can also save time, and the difference compared to the LGV is only 22 minutes, so this project is a waste. To gain 22 minutes at all costs, do you have to spend that much? At some point, you have to ask yourself questions
Pierre Hurmic also wishes to recall the cost of this project. Today, the Bordeaux-Toulouse axis is estimated at 9 billion euros, and the mayor of Bordeaux argues that “the km costs 39 million euros on Bordeaux-Toulouse and Bordeaux-Dax, even before the first groundbreaking, while on the LGV Bordeaux-Tours, it cost 22 million per km“.
Regarding the financing of this line, the State would provide 40% of the envelope, Europe 20%, and the communities 40%, provided they agree. Work could start in 2024