LGV Bretagne-Pays de la Loire

The LGV Bretagne- Pays de la Loire is a under construction French high-speed line, which is scheduled to open in spring 2017. It prolongs the LGV Atlantique west from Le Mans to Rennes and Nantes. The total cost is estimated at about € 3.4 billion. The project is realized under a public -private partnership. Construction began July 27, 2012, completion is planned for autumn 2016.


The route branches off near the LGV Atlantique and Connerré of travels around the Le Mans north. After 64 km, the route divides. The southern branch meets after a few kilometers in Sablé- sur -Sarthe on the route Nantes. The main line runs first in the direction of northwest to Laval and then swings west to finally meet in Chantepie, shortly before Rennes, on the Altstrecke. The total length of LGV Bretagne Pays de la Loire will be about 214 km, of which 182 km of track and 32 km links with the Altnetz. 200 art works must be created. The avoidance of Le Mans will also be used by freight traffic. These arise in Connerré and La Milesse connections with the Altstrecke. In addition, east and west of Laval has links with the Altstrecke.


In 1992, a high -speed line from Le Mans to Rennes, as an extension of the LGV Atlantique, included in the overall plan for the French high- speed lines. From 1995 to 1996, a public hearing was held. The Erstplanungen were carried out from 1996 to 2000. The preliminary planning of the route took place between 2002 and 2005. From 2006 to 2007, the investigations ( Déclaration d' utilité publique ) were held to determine the public benefit, was recorded on 26 October 2007. On 23 December 2008, the award procedure an offer began duties in which Bouygues, Eiffage and Vinci. In January 2011 it was announced that Eiffage Rail Express ( ERE ) awarded the contract for the project. On 13 July 2011, the financing agreement is signed by RFF with local authorities, in the same month of the contract between Eiffage and RFF is signed. On 27 July 2012, the Baulogistikzentrum was opened in Étrelles. The first tests will be held in late 2016.


The earthworks have begun in late 2012 and will continue until mid-2015. Beginning of 2013, the first switch was moved near Sablé- sur- Sarthe. The wayside equipment ( permanent way, overhead line, signaling) should last from autumn 2014 to summer 2015.


The track, as each new line in France, electrified with 25 kV 50 Hz AC. The signaling is supplied by Ansaldo STS and consists of TVM 300 and ETCS Level 2 The connections with the Altstrecken be equipped with Level 1.


Like the LGV Sud Europe Atlantique is realized this high-speed line in a PPP. Following a public tender RFF has selected the consortium led by Eiffage Group as owner and operator of the track on January 18, 2011. Eiffage is pre-finance about one-third of the investment costs and for 25 years a fixed rent of RFF, which will operate the route and take fees for their use in return. Except Eiffage also Bouygues and Vinci had applied for the award.

Travel times

  • Paris <> Rennes 1:26 ( in travel time: 37 minutes )
  • Paris <> Nantes 1:53 ( in travel time: 8 minutes)