Contournement Nîmes – Montpellier

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Overall TGV system map showing the general route of the Nîmes – Montpellier bypass and connections with other lines.

The Contournement Nîmes-Montpellier (English: "Nîmes – Montpellier Bypass") is a high speed railway project, bypassing the cities of Nîmes and Montpellier in southern France.[1][2][3]

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The line is planned for mixed-use, by both TGV trains and freight,[4] connecting to the LGV Méditerranée[1] and extending it southwest towards the LGV Perpignan–Figueres. Two new TGV stations will be built at Manduel-Redessan (near Nîmes) and Odysseum (near Montpellier);[4] the existing stations would not be able to cope with the expected high volume of TGVs.[5] Unusually, RFF is taking responsibility for building the stations, which will connect to the TER network and to Montpellier's tram network.

The main line will be 60 km long, plus a 10 km connection to rail freight lines West of the Rhone river, and three more spurs connecting to existing railways at Jonquières, Lattes, and Manduel.[6]

Project[edit]

Déclaration d'utilité publique was passed in 2005;[7] by May 2009, three bids had been received,[8] out of which in January 2012, a joint venture lead by Bouygues in cooperation with Setec, Systra and SGTE was selected to build the railway at a cost of €2·06bn.[6]

A 25-year public–private partnership contract was thereupon signed in June 2012, for construction starting in late 2013 or early-2014 after 18 months of permitting and land acquisition, and an expected opening in December 2017.[9] Further extensions towards the LGV Perpignan–Figueres is unlikely to be completed until well after 2020.[10]

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