The project launched in January will transform the station, finally accessible to the disabled, with a shopping mall and services center delivered in September 2023.
This is the major Toulouse project for 2022 and 2023 launched by SNCFGares & Connexion, the SNCF subsidiary in charge of stations. Work began with the closure, since January 3 for 18 months, of the North underground passage of the station, specifies Mickael Ollier, regional director of SNCF Gares & Connexion. They are going to transform the station by making it accessible to people with disabilities and by integrating it into the multimodal hub (metro, bus station, Tisséo bus, taxi, bike station, etc.) and the vast urban project Grand Matabiau Quais d’Oc. The Dutch architects Güller Güller were chosen by Toulouse Métropole to lead the multidisciplinary team in charge of the urban project (with the Toulouse firm V2S Architectes) combining offices, housing, shops and public facilities in a brand new district.
The SNCF station was renovated by the architects of Arep, a specialized subsidiary of the SNCF, with a “travellers’ gallery” in place of the current sales area between halls 1 and 2, which will include 15 new shops (on 2,700 m2). Some will have terraces opening onto the station forecourt. A restaurant and reception area of 250 m2, on the first floor, panoramic, offering a view of the forecourt and the renovated hall of the station.
Watch out for the VPs!
Motorists who have the bad habit of parking in front of the forecourt to drop off (or pick up) travelers departing (or arriving) in Matabiau, now provide for a fine of 135 euros for prohibited parking, established by video cameras. The sanction is automatic and sent, with a few days’ delay, to the offender’s home. Bad surprise. Remember that a specific and official minute (10 free minutes) is deposited from the boulevard and/or from the avenue de Lyon to avoid any fine.
50 sites in 2022
For 313 million euros. This is the program initiated by SNCF Réseau Occitanie with the support of the State and the Occitanie Region. 5 billion in investments are planned for the coming decade under the leadership of SNCF Réseau Occitanie, which welcomes 40 million passengers/year in the 277 stations in the region and 760 passenger trains and 100 freight trains/day.