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October 22, 2010

RFF awards Tours-Bordeaux concession to Vinci

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FRENCH Rail Network (RFF) has selected the Lisea consortium headed by Vinci Concession for a public-private partnership concession to build the Sud-Europe Atlantique high-speed line linking Tours and Bordeaux. Lisea also includes Caisse des Dépôts and AXA Private Equity.
It is hoped to sign the concession agreement by the end of the year. Construction is expected to start by the end of 2011 provided all the necessary authorisations have been obtained.
The project will extend the existing Paris - Tours high-speed line south via Poitiers to Bordeaux, and involves the construction of 302km of high-speed line and 38km of connecting links. The new line will cut the Paris - Bordeaux journey time by 65 minutes to 2h 5min and Paris - Toulouse to 4h 17min when it opens in 2016.

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