LGV Bretagne-Pays de la Loire
The LGV Bretagne-Pays de la Loire is a high-speed rail line under construction, running between Connerré (near Le Mans) and Cesson-Sévigné (near Rennes), in France. Scheduled to be complete in late 2016, it will be serviced by TGV trains operated by SNCF, the national railway company.
The total cost is put at €3.4bn, with funding agreed on 29 July 2008 between the various bodies involved. The French government will contribute €990m, equal to contributions from local government. The remaining €1.02bn comes from RFF.
On 19 June 2009, it was announced that following the submission of bids for the construction of the line, three groups had been short-listed: a consortium led by Bouygues TP, Eiffage, and a consortium led by Vinci Concessions. On 18 January 2011, it was announced that Eiffage had won; Eiffage and RFF are expected to sign the final contract during 1st quarter, 2011. The funding agreement was signed on 12 July 2011. At this time, preliminary studies were scheduled to take place between May 2011 and July 2012, with construction starting during the autumn of 2012, and completion expected in late 2016.
The line begins as an extension of the LGV Atlantique western branch near Connerré (Sarthe). After a connection north of Le Mans, the LGV dips towards the southwest with a connection to the regular Le Mans-Angers line near Sablé-sur-Sarthe. The connection, at a length of 32 km, from Sablé-sur-Sarthe will slightly speed up the journey to Nantes. The line then rises to pass north of Laval and re-join the regular ligne at Cesson-Sévigné, near Rennes. The total length of the route is roughly 214 km of which 182 km will be high speed.
Improvement of the conventional Rennes-Brest and Rennes-Quimper lines was suggested (elimination of level crossings, straightening of curves) so that the lines could be used by tilting TGVs (not yet built) at 220 km/h. This project is now abandoned. The journey time for Paris to Brest and Quimper would have been 3 hours.
- "Railway Gazette: Final tender issued for LGV Bretagne". Retrieved 2010-07-22.