Our Projects

In order to meet France’s rail network development and upgrade requirements, AGIFI members deliver model projects, on time, on budget and to the highest performance standards.
For more information on a specific project, select the project from the list below or simply click on the map:

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Eurotunnel manages the cross-Channel fixed link [ ± ]

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A high speed link

With Eurotunnel, the journey time between London and Paris is 2h 15 mins, including 35 minutes spent in the tunnel.


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Inauguration

May 1994


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One of the world’s busiest rail links

  • Approx. 360 million passengers since 1994
  • Over 20 million passengers in total a year (Shuttles & Eurostar trains)
  • 2.6 million passenger vehicles and 1.4 heavy goods vehicles a year, the world’s leading road-rail link
  • Over 300 million tons of goods since 1994
  • 99.8% infrastructure availability, outside scheduled maintenance operations

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The longest undersea tunnel in the world, measuring 50 km

3 tunnels bored 100 m below sea level; 720,000 precast concrete tunnel lining segments, each one measuring 5 m and weighing up to 8 tons.


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Employment

12,000 engineers, technicians and skilled construction workers were employed on the construction site.


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Investments

  • A total investment of €15 billion (2011 value), entirely financed by the private sector
  • Eurotunnel Group is a private Franco-British listed company that trades on the NYSE
  • Euronext in Paris and London. It is owned by 280,000 private shareholders and investment funds.
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Eiffage Rail Express (ERE) holds the concession for the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire HSL [ ± ]

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Shorter journey times

Paris – Rennes in 1h 27 mins


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15 May 2017


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A 6-year project

  • 182 km of new track
  • 225 tunnels & bridges
  • 9 railway viaducts and 7 cut and covers
  • 2 new electric sub-stations

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Employment

  • Over 4,500 people worked on civil engineering and railway equipment assignments
  • 1,400 jobs were created locally
  • 1,300,000 hours were devoted to social inclusion programmes
  • 140,000 hours training provided

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Environmental measures

  • Protecting 123 different species
  • Reinstating 700 hectares of natural habitat
  • Creating a carbon trading system to promote the use of less polluting construction techniques and materials.

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Investments

€3 billion, including €1.2 billion from the private sector.

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LISEA holds the concession for the Tours-Bordeaux HSL [ ± ]

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Shorter journey times

  • A journey time between Paris and Bordeaux of 2 hours compared to the current time of over 3 hours
  • Synergies between high speed and regional express lines
  • Integration of high speed lines into mobility ecosystems

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Commissioning

July 2017


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Expected Ridership/year:

approx. 20 million passengers

  • Half of the new companies created in the Bordeaux region chose Bordeaux because of the construction of the HSL
  • 60% of households and businesses expect to travel more often to Paris once the HSL has been built
  • Over 70% of households and businesses in South West France intend changing their habits and using the HSL

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Modal shift

90% of households and businesses will use the train as opposed to air travel once the SEA HSL is commissioned.
Source: opinion poll conducted by COHDA on behalf of LISEA in 2014.


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A 5-year project

  • A total of 320 km of track: 302 km of trunk line (CWR) and 38 km of connecting spurs
  • 500 tunnels & bridges, 19 viaducts and 7 cut and covers

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Employment

  • Up to 9,000 people worked on the construction of the line,
    2,000 of which were recruited locally.
  • MESEA created 170 new maintenance and operation jobs.
  • A partnership with local employment agencies meant that 10% of the hours worked on the project were devoted to social inclusion programs.
  • For every job created directly by the project, one extra job was created at supplier or sub-contractor level + 0.44 jobs at local level (services, accommodation, catering)

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Environmental measures

  • Protecting 223 different types of plants and animals
  • Reinstating 3,500 hectares of natural habitat.

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Investments

€7.8 billion, half of which came from the private sector.

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SYNERAIL is in charge of installing GSM-R [ ± ]

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Installation

Due for completion in 2016


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A 5-year project

  • 2,000 radio sites
  • 11,500 km of track equipped
  • 350 tunnels equipped
  • 2,000 km of fibre optic network

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Investment

  • €730 million, 80% of which comes from the private sector
  • Shareholders in SYNERAIL include VINCI (30%), investment funds managed or directed by ARDIAN (30%) and TDF (10%)
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Oc’Via holds the concession for the Nîmes-Montpellier rail by-pass [ ± ]

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Shorter journey times

Journey times between Paris and Montpellier of less than 3 hours


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Start of commercial operations

October 2017


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Improving regional transport

Faster flowing traffic on the existing line due to the diversion of freight trains and some high speed trains


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A 5-year project

  • 80 km of new track
  • 188 engineering structures including 11 viaducts and 1 cut and cover

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Employment

  • Up to 4,500 people worked on the construction phase at peak times
  • 14% of the hours worked on the project were devoted to social inclusion programmes
  • Over 20% of the total cost of the work was carried out by small and medium sized businesses

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Environmental measures

  • Identifying 126 protected species
  • Reinstating 1,800 hectares of natural habitat, i.e. twice the amount of land occupied by the infrastructure
  • Reducing flooding risks by building most of the line on raised embankments.
  • Testing of new building materials: one structure was built using 20% recycled concrete

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Investment

€1.8 billion for the new line, €1.2 billion of which came from the private sector.

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