LGV Bordeaux – Toulouse: elected officials opposed to the project announce a demonstration in Langon
By Gael Arcuset
Their fight is not over. Opponents of the high-speed line (LGV), notably having to link Bordeaux to Toulouse, continued to polish their weapons during the summer. No question, for them, of giving up. And this even if the file is more than ever on track.
As a reminder, on March 14, Jean Castex, then Prime Minister, traveled to the Pink City to sign the financing plan for the Grand Projet du Sud-Ouest (GPSO).
In South-Gironde, many voices continue to rise against what many describe as “deadly project that would create a 327 km ride”.
“Our procession will go to the sub-prefecture”
Gathered in a collective of around forty members, called “Collective of elected representatives of the southern Girondins, Montesquieu and solidarity territories”, the local councilors opposed to the LGV are preparing a new action.
It must take place this Saturday 1uh October, in the morning. Where ? Well in Langon (Gironde). “The rally is scheduled for 10 a.m., in front of the station, announces Jacqueline Lartigue, mayor of Bernos-Beaulac. Our procession will go to the sub-prefecture. The symbol is strong. Through this march and this arrival in front of the sub-prefecture, it is the State that the demonstrators want to challenge.
And local elected officials should be joined by citizens, but also other associations or collectives. Take, for example, the Friends of Barthos, who are firing red balls at the project led by the New Aquitaine and Occitanie Regions
The construction of the Bordeaux-Toulouse and Bordeaux-Dax high-speed lines, the sole purpose of which is to make the TGVs run twice as fast with an enormous waste of electrical energy, is won at the expense of more useful expenditure and by sacrificing 4,800 hectares of forest, agricultural land, natural areas, wetlands, Natura 2000 sites, etc. With the LGV to Dax, a traveler going from Bordeaux to Dax authorized 30 km more than today, while spending 4 times more electricity per kilometer at 320 km/h on the LGV, than at 160 km/h on the current line. With the LGV Bordeaux-Toulouse, a traveler going from Paris to Toulouse needs 150 km more via Bordeaux than by taking the historic POLT line via Orléans and Limoges while consuming a lot more… This was perhaps possible a while ago. 25 years but this is no longer acceptable in 2022!
Local associations and collectives mobilized
Will this action have an influence on the project? Nobody knows. On the other hand, it is clear that the opponents are increasing the operations. This was still the case on Monday September 26, at Saint-Médard-d’Eyrans station where the association LGVEA had organized, jointly with the LGV NINA collective, a “welcome committee for SNCF Réseau”.
This entity had convinced the residents affected, to explain to them the progress of the expropriation procedures. About thirty activists, including local elected officials from Saint-Médard-d’Eyrans, Saint-Selve and Cadaujac, were present. “Associations and collectives are more determined than ever in their actions against this deadly project,” argues LGVEA.
What should be noted is that another demonstration is planned, during the month of October. It must take place in Saint-Macaire, at the foot of the ramparts.
A letter sent to Europe
If the actions “on the ground” will be linked at high speed in the coming months, another battle is also engaged. It is more discreet, administrative car. We remember that last April, just two weeks after the signing of the GPSO financing plan by Jean Castex, 81 elected officials from New Aquitaine and Occitanie had filed an appeal together with the Toulouse administrative court.
Next step ? A letter, this time sent by the collective of elected officials, to the European Commission concerning the financing of the GPSO. It was also widely discussed at a meeting organized in Balizac, Tuesday, September 13. On the aura understood…
Today, more than ever, opponents do not want to give up their fight. And they intend to put all the chances on their side to derail the project. Whether or not it will pay off remains to be seen…
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