The consortium, which comprises Bouygues Construction, Colas, Spie Batginolles, Alstom, Meridiam Infrastructure, and FIDEPPP, will be responsible for funding \u20ac1.5bn of the \u20ac2.28bn project. The remaining funds will come from the European Union and the French government (52%), local authorities (28%) and RFF (20%).\r\nThe 80km line, of which 60km will be for 300km\/h operation, will extend the existing TGV M\u00e9diterran\u00e9e line from Manduel to the east of N\u00eemes to Lattes to the west of Montpellier and will include seven viaducts. The line will have new stations at Manduel-Redessan to serve N\u00eemes and Odyss\u00e9um for Montpellier.\r\nDetailed studies will start next month to enable preliminary work to begin before the end of the year. Civil works should be completed by end of 2015 to allow the line to be equipped. The new line is expected to open in December 2017.