By Theo Zuili
Trains that arrive late are the ones that leave the worst memories for regulars of regional rail transport. In Lyon and in the region, they should be fewer and fewer in the years to follow.
Penalties for delays
On Wednesday 5 October, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and SNCF Réseau signed the agreement for “the first objectives and performance agreement”. The partners are obliged to “jointly develop a more reliable service for users of regional TER trains”.
This objectives and performance agreement “extends the SNCF Group’s commitment to improving the entire rail system” for better punctuality of regional trains.
For the 2022-2024 period, SNCF Réseau will be subject to a bonus and malus system depending on the number of delays which are removed from its responsibility. If the trains arrive with more punctuality, the Region will allocate a bonus of up to 1.5 million euros invested in the maintenance of the network.
If the delays continue to accumulate, they are on the contrary penalties, up to 1.5 million euros, which the SNCF will have to pay. This sum will also be reinvested in network renovation operations.
A new track at Lyon Part-Dieu station
If the common commitment between the Region and SNCF Réseau applies to the entire regional territory, another new feature should improve the SNCF offer in Lyon.
Inaugurated this Tuesday, October 4, a new track was put into service in the Lyon Part-Dieu station last June. Twelfth and baptized “Lane L”, it “contributed to increasing the reception capacity of trains in the station, in particular during peak hours when the congestion of the tracks at the platform generates many delays”.
It will also make it possible, with the modernization of the surrounding sectors, to reduce the number of crossings of trains in front of the station, in favor of punctuality and a quality of service essential to passengers at the station, to save time for all passengers
With a length of 800 meters, the new track is installed to the east of track K, with which it shares an enlarged platform to accommodate it.
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