The Bordeaux-Toulouse LGV will set up the capital of Occitanie about three hours from Paris against four currently. If Toulouse residents will be the first beneficiaries, other travelers from Occitania, thanks to the TER lines, will also be hooked up to the LGV. For Lotois, we are talking about saving one hour on the journey.
Serge Rigal does not budge, it is an opportunity. With enthusiasm, the president of the departmental council of Lot repeated this week that this high-speed line project in no way opposed the commitments made for the POLT line and expectations for it.
“I will ask during the departmental meeting on Monday that a commitment in favor of the Bordeaux-Toulouse LGV be made by our assembly. We will participate in this project, we are committed,” he hammered. And the elected to insist: “This will open up prospects for the POLT line. It is not a train against a train, but a train plus a train, as part of a vast rail project. Our TER will be linked to the Bressols (Tarn et Garonne) LGV station. “
“We are talking here about regional planning, a form of solidarity that concerns us”
However, there is no question of talking about finances. The head of the Lot department says discussions are underway on terms that will be known in December. “All the communities are committed to the LGV, including the Lot, even if this is not directly within our competence. However, we are talking here about regional planning, a form of solidarity that we therefore concerned. We are on a file similar to that of broadband internet. Of course, this is not the mission of our community, but we must know how to be pragmatic in the interest of our populations “, recognizes Serge Rigal.
The State is committing a budget of 10 billion euros on this LGV file, including 700 million for the Bressols station. An investment that does not call into question POLT in which the new trainsets must be delivered at the end of 2023. What the Lot president confirms: “The work on the POLT line will save time on journeys between Limoges and Paris. So much the better, because there will always be those who cannot afford the LGV who will continue to use the POLT line to get to Paris. Of course, we are also calling for investments on the lines south of Brive “.