The Bretagne-Pays de la Loire HSL

A project to promote mobility and boost the competitiveness and appeal of the Bretagne and Pays de la Loire regions.

A major route for Brittany

The Bretagne-Pays de la Loire high-speed line, which opened in July 2017, connects Rennes to Paris in less than an hour and a half.

One year after the line opened, it had 4 million passengers (a 27 % increase in ridership).

Les grandes étapes du projet

Study and design phase and regulatory approvals
Consultations and public meetings
Preparatory work
Earthworks and civil engineering
Installation of railway equipment
End of construction work
Delivery of the line to SNCF Réseau

An innovative project focused on optimisation and a long-term perspective

  • Optimisation of routing during the design phase to reduce construction costs and delivery times.
  • Innovative use of asphalt as a sub-ballast layer to reduce construction times, improve passenger comfort, and cut maintenance costs.
  • Full interoperability from the start and long-term thanks to three signalling systems (TVM300, ERTMS 1 for freight traffic and the Le Mans rail bypass, and ERTMS 2).

A socio-economic Observatory for the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire (BPL) high-speed line:

The BPL Observatory comprises Eiffage Rail Express (the concession holder), the French government and SNCF Réseau (the co-financiers of the HSL), and key local stakeholders. This observatory was created in 2012 for a period of 10 years, and has two components: a socio-economic part and an environmental part. Its objective is to analyse the challenges and opportunities stemming from the arrival of the high-speed line in both environmental and social economic terms.

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Hervé Le Caignec graduated from École Spéciale des Travaux Publics (TP86) and started his career building and maintaining road infrastructure.

He then oversaw the development and operation of major infrastructure through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) both in France and abroad. He spent 14 years at the VINCI Group, 4 years at SNCF, and 10 years at the Caisse des Dépôts Group. In March 2017, he was named Chairman of LISEA, the concession holder for the Tours-Bordeaux high-speed line.

A graduate of École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Gilles managed the Île-de-France regional branch for Egis Aménagement (transport and mobility engineering, urban development, etc.). He then served as Managing Director of the European Economic Interest Grouping that manages and operates the Mont Blanc Tunnel for ATMB and the Italian Mont Blanc Tunnel Company (SITMB).

He became the new Managing Director of Oc’Via on 1 May 2019.