TER Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur

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TER Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur
Train Express Régional SNCF
Overview
Website http://www.sncf.com/en/trains/ter
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

TER Provence Alpes-Côte-d'Azur is the regional rail network serving Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in France. This network is operated by SNCF.
The public transport authority, the Regional Council, runs 800 trains a day, especially near Avignon, Marseilles, Toulon and Nice. 100,000 users take regional trains each day.

Network[edit]

The network is made up of 16 train lines. All bus lines are operated by private operators under the Regional Council Authority.
Unlikely like others regions in France, the Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur separates their trains into two services :

  • TER : suburban or local services, with only 2nd class wagons. These trains are operated with multiple units.
  • Intervilles : regional InterCity trains (not to be confused with InterCités trains, a nationwide service), with 1st and 2nd class, operated with coaches, except between Marseilles, Gap and Briançon.


This separation is done due to the presence of big metropolises on the coast (Marseilles, Toulon and Nice) and a very rural hinterland (French Alps). Toulon doesn't have suburban services, as these are absorbed into Marseille's. The suburban trains from Marseilles also continue onto Avignon, 100 kilometers away.

Rail[edit]

Line Route Frequency Notes
1 Marseille ... Aubagne ... Toulon ... Hyères In rush hour, 1 train each 20 minutes between Marseilles and Aubagne ; 1 train each 15 minutes between Marseilles, Aubagne and Toulon. 5h - 24h
2 Toulon ... Carnoules ... Les Arcs-Draguignan 1 train each 2 hours 6h - 22h
3 Les Arcs-Draguignan ... Saint-Raphaël-Valescure ... Cannes ... Nice 1 train each hour, every 30 minutes during rush hour 5h - 21h
4 Grasse - Mouans-Sartoux - Ranguin - La Frayère - Le Bosquet - Cannes - Golfe-Juan-Vallauris - Juan-les-Pins - Antibes - Biot - Villeneuve-Loubet-plage - Cagnes-sur-Mer - Cros-de-Cagnes - Saint-Laurent-du-Var - Nice-Saint-Augustin - Nice-Ville - Nice-Riquier - Villefranche-sur-Mer - Beaulieu-sur-Mer - Èze-sur-Mer - Cap-d'Ail - Monaco-Monte-Carlo - Roquebrune-Cap-Martin† - Carnolès† - Menton - Menton-Garavan - Ventimiglia 1 train each hour, every 30 minutes during rush hour 6h - 24h
5 Tende ... Breil-sur-Roya ... Nice 5 trains a day
6 Marseille - Toulon - Carnoules† - Les Arcs-Draguignan - Fréjus† - Saint-Raphaël-Valescure - Cannes - Antibes - Nice Intervilles InterCity train, 1 train each 2 hours 4h - 23h
7 Miramas ... Martigues ... Marseille 1 train each hour, every 30 minutes during rush hour 6h - 21h
8 Avignon - Arles ... Miramas ... Vitrolles Aéroport ... Marseille 1 train each hour, every 30 minutes during rush hour 5h - 21h
9 Avignon ... Cavaillon ... Miramas ... Vitrolles Aéroport ... Marseille 1 train each hour, every 30 minutes between Miramas and Avignon during rush hour 5h - 20h
10 Lyon-Part-Dieu ... Valence ... Orange ... Avignon - Arles - Miramas - Marseille Intervilles InterCity train, 1 train each 2 hours 4h - 23h
11 Narbonne ... Montpellier ... Nîmes ... Arles ... Marseille-Saint-Charles (see TER Languedoc-Roussillon line 3 for details) 1 train each 3 hours, every 2 hours during rush hour 5h - 20h
11bis Narbonne ... Montpellier ... Nîmes ... Tarascon - Avignon-Centre (see TER Languedoc-Roussillon line 1 for details) 1 train each hour 4h - 21h
12 Pertuis ... Aix-en-Provence ... Marseille-Saint-Charles 1 train each 20 minutes during rush hour between Marseilles and Aix en Provence 5h - 24h
13 Briançon ... Gap ... Veynes-Dévoluy ... Aix-en-Provence ... Marseille-Saint-Charles Intervilles InterCity train, 4 trains a day 4h - 23h
14 Briançon ... Gap ... Veynes-Dévoluy ... Die ... Valence (see TER Rhône-Alpes line 64 for details) 1 train each 3 hours 4h - 22h
15 Gap ... Veynes-Dévoluy ... Grenoble (see TER Rhône-Alpes line 63 for details) 1 train each 4 hours 5h - 23h
† Not all trains call at this station

Incidents[edit]

Trains are cancelled and delayed every day. The TER Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur has the worst punctuality record in all of France, with 40% of trains being delayed or cancelled each day. This could be due to high congestion of the tracks near Marseilles and Nice. The journey conditions are very bad during rush hours.

Future[edit]

With the building of the new LN Provence-Côte d'Azur line between Marseilles and Monaco expected by 2030, regional traffic may grow. This will be achieved through the introduction of a new high speed train calling every hour at Marseille Provence Airport, the construction of a new underground train station in downtown Marseilles, a new high speed stop in Marseilles' Eastern Districts, and the enlargement of Toulon, Nice Côte d'Azur Airport and Nice Ville train stations.

Rolling stock[edit]

Multiple units[edit]

Locomotives[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]