This is one more step for its realization. The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region unsurprisingly voted on Monday its participation in the financing of two high-speed rail lines (LGV) to Toulouse and to Dax. At the same time, opponents of this controversial project of 14 billion euros, gathered in Bordeaux, do not intend to disarm.
The regional elected officials have decided to allocate € 710 million to the public institution responsible for funding the Great South West Project (GPSO) which provides for the creation of these new lines as an extension of the Paris-Bordeaux LGV.
Green groups and RNs against the project
The president (PS) of the region Alain Rousset welcomed a vote “with a large majority” – only the environmental groups and RNs had spoken out against – which commits “the life of the region for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow “.
The objective of the GPSO, an old project relaunched this year by the government, is to save an hour of travel to Toulouse, putting the 4th largest city in France at 3:10 from Paris, and 20 minutes to Dax.
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His bill estimated at 14.3 billion euros must be possible 40% by the State, which will release 4.1 billion for Bordeaux-Toulouse but has not yet committed to Bordeaux-Dax, 40% by the local authorities of Occitanie and New Aquitaine and 20% by the European Union.
Its financing plan must be finalized these days, which will allow the creation by the ordinance by April of the public financing establishment.
Lot-et-Garonne and Gironde prefer “daily trains”
If the 16 communities of Occitanie concerned are quickly agreed to raise 2 billion euros, this was not the case for the communities of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, which must collect 1.7 billion euros.
The departments of Lot-et-Garonne and the Gironde preferred to finance “daily trains”. On Saturday, the Basque Country agglomeration community could also vote “against”.
The Pyrénées-Atlantiques in the “for” camp
This week, the agglomeration communities of Dax, Agen and Pau, and the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, could join the “pro” camp.
In the end, 150 million euros could be missing from the neo-Aquitaine common pot, which is not “insurmountable”, Alain Rousset estimated last week.
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A “mismanagement” of public money
Coming from Lot-et-Garonne and Gironde, some 150 people – including about twenty local elected officials in tricolor sashes – reported Monday morning in Bordeaux in front of the regional hotel, throwing in the air “10 billion euros” in Monopoly notes, symbol according to them of the “mismanagement” of public money of the project.
These demonstrators also denounced the creation of a “LGV tax” which will affect individuals and businesses living within an hour of future lines.
In session, the elected ecologist Lot-et-Garonnaise Maryse Combres accused the GPSO of “inflating the figures to justify its new lines” and stigmatized “a project from another time” which will affect “5,000 hectares of natural spaces , 236 hectares of wetlands and eight Natura 2000 zones ”.