Nîmes-Montpellier railway bypass

First high-speed mixed-traffic line in France - Concession

Linear projects (railways)

France, 2012-2017

General description

The project is a 25-year PPP deal comprising financing, design, construction and maintenance of 80 km of new track, 60 km of which is high-speed line between Manduel and Lattes to extend the Midi-Méditerranée HS line between Avignon and Nîmes.

The mixed-traffic (high-speed passenger trains and freight trains) bypass is intended to improve:

- the quality of passenger service by developing regional train traffic on conventional lines and by making the region’s conurbations more readily accessible through a high-speed rail service.

- the performance of goods traffic between Spain, France, and Italy.

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

Measures promoting sustainable development:

Track alignment ‘transparent’ to surface water flow, noise protection, protection of biodiversity and indigenous flora and fauna, involvement of small businesses and tradesmen.

In partnership with infrastructure manager RFF, several biodiversity havens and ecological corridors along the track alignment were given special attention for the purposes of protection. It was also proposed to set up an observatory for the environment and conservation of protected national-heritage species.

 

 Customer / Concession authority : RFF

 

Concessionaire’s official website

Consortium

BOUYGUES TRAVAUX PUBLICS (lead firm) / BOUYGUES TP REGIONS FRANCE / DTP TERRASSEMENT

Project owner

OC'VIA

Key figures

80 Km

of new track

145

bridges, culverts, etc., including 7 viaducts

25 ans

of concession

Locations

https://maps.google.fr/maps/ms?authuser=0&vps=2&ie=UTF8&msa=0&output=kml&msid=215408146226635276623.0004d69dc3726a3678e53

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