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
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.
utility status was granted in 2006 for the first section of the line,
which will run for 121km between Angoulême and Bordeaux.
of TGV SEA from Bordeaux to Toulouse (250km) and Hendaye (230km) and
from Poitiers to Limoges (around 100km) are envisaged to open by 2020.