Gare de Valence TGV
|Line length||115 km (71 mi)|
|No. of tracks||Double track|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||25 kV 50 Hz|
The LGV Rhône-Alpes is a 115 km-long French high-speed rail line situated in the Rhône-Alpes region which extends the LGV Sud-Est southwards. Opening to service in 1994, this line bypasses the built-up Lyon area towards the east, and in addition serves Satolas station, now renamed Lyon-Saint-Exupéry. Beyond Valence the line is continued by the LGV Méditerranée.
The line crosses four départements, from north to south:
The line has a surface area of 12.18 km² (in comparison Saint-Exupéry airport occupies the same area).
Like the LGV Sud-Est, the line was designed for a nominal speed of 300 km/h, with a minimum curve radius of 4,000 m, and a space between track centres of 4.2 m. The second section is designed for 320 km/h.
The line includes 10 large viaducts (total length 4.3 km), and 4 tunnels (total length 5.3 km).
A command post named CCT (Commande centralisée des trains - Central Train Command) enables the continual monitoring of trains running on the entire line and to remotely control security installations. It is situated in Lyon, in an SNCF building near the gare de Perrache.
The line comprises one new station: Gare de Lyon Saint-Exupéry, situated in the commune of Colombier-Saugnieu. This station, with its striking architecture, is the work of the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It serves the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport.
- 28 October 1989: declaration of public utility
- 13 December 1992: service begins on 42 km first section between Montanay and Saint-Quentin-Fallavier
- 3 July 1994: service begins on 73 km second section between Saint-Quentin-Fallavier and Saint-Marcel-lès-Valence
- 3 July 1994: inauguration of Gare de Lyon-Saint-Exupéry TGV
- 7 June 2001: inauguration of LGV Méditerranée extending this line southwards