What is the LGV SEA?
As the initial construction of a high-speed line on France’s distributor model, the Tours-Bordeaux LGV SEA project is part of a land-use planning scheme, which is mainly the result of decisions made by the last Grenelle Environment Forum.
The Tours-Bordeaux LGV SEA will include 340 km of new lines, of which 302 km will be a high-speed line and around forty km will be connected to the existing line. It crosses: 3 regions (Centre, Poitou-Charentes and Aquitaine), 6 departments (Indre-et-Loire, Vienne, Deux-Sèvres, Charente, Charente-Maritime and Gironde) and 113 municipalities.
Among the expected economic benefits are:
– The release of the operation from the current line to develop TER and freight.
– The reinforcement of the European rail network: the Tours-Bordeaux LGV SEA is part of the entire Sud Europe-Atlantique (South Europe-Atlantic) (SEA) rail, which will continue to Toulouse and Spain, linking the regions of northern and eastern Europe, the south-west of France and the Iberian peninsula.
– New economic developments for regions passed through and in particular the development of the greater south-west region.
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