LGV Bordeaux–Toulouse

The LGV Bordeaux -Toulouse is a planned, good 220 -kilometer-long high-speed line in France. It is intended for high-speed trains and performs two functions: First, it will connect as an extension of the LGV Atlantique and construction in progress LGV Sud Europe Atlantique, the regional capital of Toulouse by continuous high-speed traffic in Paris. On the other hand, it represents the first portion of a cross-connection between the Atlantic and Mediterranean dar. intermediate stops are planned in Agen and Montauban. The LGV Bordeaux -Toulouse should be passable by up to 350 km / h as a travel speed is 320 km / h provided. The journey time for the total distance between Paris and Toulouse will be shortened by nearly two hours to three hours and then seven minutes. Construction is scheduled for 2017, the construction period is estimated at five to seven years. Together with the parallel to be constructed LGV Bordeaux - Espagne is the new track, the Grands Projets ferroviaires du Sud -Ouest. After 57 km route common to both routes separate in the vicinity of the place Bernos -Beaulac south of the Gironde department.


The construction costs are currently estimated at four billion euros. The alternative project of modernizing the existing route would indeed have only cost 780 million euros, but rejected due to the low of travel time by just ten minutes from the French grid company, Réseau Ferré de France ( RFF).



In the years 2002 to 2004, the high-speed line has been the subject of official studies. These came to the following conclusions:

  • The line to the existing stations Bordeaux Saint- Jean and Toulouse Centre together.
  • As an intermediate holding Agen and Montauban are provided.
  • Between Agen and Toulouse the route of the motorway A 62 and the valley of the Garonne will follow.

In the second half of 2005, public hearings were held on the project. This was based on a ten- mile-wide corridor within which the route would be. Based on the results of the board of the RFF on 13 April 2006 resolved the concretization of the project. Montauban is to be operated by a newly built railway station, for Agen two variants were examined. Is favored to the south of the Garonne running route that includes a tunnel.

On 21 May 2007 agreed the authorities of the Midi -Pyrenees region on the allocation of their cost contribution. On 11 January 2010 RFF published the clarified one kilometer pipeline route. The resistance, which since then stirs among the affected residents are barely acknowledged success. The regional politicians of the French Greens agree to the project through gritted teeth, as it is seen as the lesser evil compared to an expansion of the congested Toulouse-Blagnac airport. On January 9, 2012 adopted by the Steering Committee, composed of the representatives of the region Midi- Pyrénées and Aquitaine, the relevant national ministers and the President of the RFF, the final routing.

Planned continuation

In April 2010, RFF was preliminary studies for a high- speed line between Toulouse and Narbonne in order. Together with the planned LGV Languedoc -Roussillon would thus be a cross connection between the Atlantic and Mediterranean made ​​.

Weblink and References

  • Intended routing, state January 9, 2012 (French) ( PDF, 6.2 MB)
  • High-speed line in France
  • Railroad track in Aquitaine
  • Railroad track in Midi -Pyrenees