LGV Bretagne-Pays de la Loire

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Map of the LGV BPL
The LGV's situation in France
Construction site in Noyal-sur-Vilaine, August 2014

The LGV Bretagne-Pays de la Loire (LGV BPL) is a high-speed rail line running between Connerré near Le Mans and Cesson-Sévigné near Rennes, France. Opened on 2 July 2017 by President Emmanuel Macron, it is operated by TGV services provided by the SNCF, the national railway company.

The total cost is put at €3.4 billion, with funding agreed on 29 July 2008 between the various bodies involved. The French Government contributed €990 million, equal to contributions from local government. The remaining €1.02 billion comes from RFF.[1]

Timeline[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] The funding agreement was signed on 12 July 2011.[4] 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.[5]

An associated project not realised would have required the improvement of the conventional RennesBrest and RennesQuimper lines with the elimination of level crossings and straightening of curves so that they could be used at 220 km/h. The journey time for Paris to Brest and Quimper would have been 3 hours.[citation needed] The LGV BPL opened to passengers on 2 July 2017.[6]

Route[edit]

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.[7]

Journey times[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ UK, DVV Media. "Single-View". 
  2. ^ a b UK, DVV Media. "Single-View". 
  3. ^ UK, DVV Media. "Eiffage wins LGV Bretagne PPP". 
  4. ^ UK, DVV Media. "LGV Bretagne financing agreement signed". 
  5. ^ UK, DVV Media. "LGV Bretagne PPP contract signed". 
  6. ^ "LGV: pour la première fois, un TGV direct de Paris arrive à Rennes en moins d'1h30". Arte (in French). AFP. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Railway Gazette: Final tender issued for LGV Bretagne". Retrieved 2010-07-22.