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June 12, 2009

Public utility status for French HS line

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CONSTRUCTION of the Tours-Angoulême section of TGV Sud Europe Atlantique has moved a step closer after the French government granted the project public utility status.
TGV SEA will extend the existing Paris - Tours TGV Atlantique line to Poitiers, Angoulême and Bordeaux, cutting Paris - Bordeaux journey times by 55 minutes to 2h 5min, and Paris - Toulouse to 4h 17min from 2016. The 302km line will include 39km of connections that will allow trains to access Poitiers and Angoulême, as well as the line to La Rochelle.
At €7.1 billion, the TGV SEA is claimed to be Europe's largest ever Public-Private Partnership (PPP) transport project and is the first high-speed PPP in France. The national and regional governments and local agencies will bear half of the cost of the project, with the remainder being financed by the winning consortium.
Public utility status was granted in 2006 for the first section of the line, which will run for 121km between Angoulême and Bordeaux.
Extensions of TGV SEA from Bordeaux to Toulouse (250km) and Hendaye (230km) and from Poitiers to Limoges (around 100km) are envisaged to open by 2020.

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