The high-speed line project (LGV) between Bordeaux and Toulouse, planned by 2032 for an apparent cost of 14.3 billion euros, took a new step on Monday with the installation of its supervisory board, a announces the prefecture of Occitania.
“327 km of new lines”
This Grand Sud-Ouest project (GPSO) aims to connect Toulouse to Paris in three hours and to Bordeaux in one hour, a gain of one hour on each journey, as well as twenty minutes to Dax. The GPSO company’s supervisory board brings together the 25 local authorities in Occitania and New Aquitaine that participate in the financing, as well as the SNCF. The GPSO stands for “327 km of new lines, including developments south of Bordeaux and north of Toulouse“, specified Etienne Guyot, prefect of Occitanie and coordinator of the project, during a press conference in Toulouse. The SNCF “client presented the construction schedule with (…) an objective of commissioning in 2032“, he added, announcing a start of development work in 2023. The PS president of the Occitanie regional council, Carole Delga, was elected to head the supervisory board, following which was held the first meeting of the project steering committee.
She emphasized that the GPSO aims to “allow an international connection, but also the development of daily trainsin Occitania, impossible according to her in the state of the existing structures, saturated or in the process of being. She also pledged to ensure thatsave time compared to the first calendar presented” for commissioning rather in “2030-2031“. Alain Rousset, PS president of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, argued that the LGV is a “popular success“which not only serves Paris, but has “a massive and ecological reporton daily transport and invoked the need for a second rail line for freight. The GPSO is 40% financed by the State, 40% by the local authorities of Occitanie and Nouvelle-Aquitaine, and 20% by the European Union. At the end of June, the European Commission refused funding for technical studies for development south of Bordeaux, ie 17.3 million euros out of the 2.8 billion expected in European funds.
“This announcement by the European Union of June 29, 2022 in no way prejudges subsequent calls for projects“, declared Etienne Guyot on Monday, advocating that the EU prefers to support “projects already in the construction phase” and “has already financed 39.2 million from the GPSO for railway developments north of Toulouse, south of Bordeaux“. For opponents of the LGV, however, tel Pierre Hurmic, EELV mayor of Bordeaux, “there is still time (…) to prepare an alternative applicationwith the modernization of existing lines, before the next call for subsidies scheduled for September.