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Eiffage Rail Express (ERE), an Eiffage group subsidiary, was awarded the partnership contract by SNCF Réseau to design, fund, build, maintain and manage engineering work on the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire HSL for 25 years (up until 2036).

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

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Shorter journey times

Paris – Rennes in 1h 27 mins

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Start of commercial operations

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

Major project phases:

January 2011 – July 2012

Study and design phase and regulatory approvals

April 2011 – December 2011

Consultations & public meetings

July 2012 – December 2012

Preparatory work

December 2012 – Summer 2015

Earthworks and civil engineering work

Autumn 2014 – Summer 2016

Railway equipment

Autumn 2016

End of construction work

15 May 2017

Start of commercial operations

It will take 6 years to complete this project from the signature of the contract between Eiffage Rail Express (ERE) and SNCF Réseau to the start of commercial operations. Private-Public Partnerships make it easier to build such high-grade infrastructures to target deadlines. They help to optimise costs and delivery times by incorporating the design & build phases and through careful coordination of the design, administrative and environmental survey phases.

Care is taken to fully integrate projects into the local economic fabric

Incorporation of long-term consideration

  • Optimising the routing during the design phase to limit construction costs and delivery times.
  • Applying asphalt as a sub-ballast layer on the track bed to optimise construction time, provide greater comfort for passengers and reduce maintenance costs.
  • Ensuring full interoperability from the time the facility is commissioned until well into the future by incorporating three signalling systems (TVM300, ERTMS 1 for freight traffic and the Le Mans rail by-pass and ERTMS2).

Creation of a socio-economic Monitoring Unit for evaluating the impact of the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire HSL

Set up in 2012 jointly by Eiffage Rail Express, the contracting authority, the State, SNCF Réseau, the parties that co-financed the HSL and key local stakeholders, this Monitoring Unit is responsible for evaluating, measuring and analysing the economic impact of the line during each project phase and its impact on employment in particular (more…)