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Postby peter » Wed Nov 17, 2010 12:54 pm

The TGV Perpignan - Figueres scheduled to commence 12 December 2010 has been delayed to an undetermined future date.

From Midi Libre :
http://www.midilibre.com/articles/2010/11/17/A-LA-UNE-Le-lancement-de-la-ligne-TGV-Perpignan-Figueras-repousse-1454905.php5


Some background technical info : http://www.railway-technology.com/projects/perpignan
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Postby peter » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:25 pm

Perpignan - Figueres now has a scheduled start date of : 19 - 12 - 2010

More : http://the-languedoc-page.com/phpBB2/vi ... php?t=5422
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Postby peter » Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:18 pm

The Figueres services and station questions .........

It is quite confusing as there will be 3 stations in Figueres over the next few years.

The new line passes to the west of the town, and a new station is being built at Vilafant.

It is planned to divert the existing line, so that local trains can call at this station, and close the existing railway station in the centre of the town, although at first a temporary station will be built on the high speed line.

There will be a shuttle service between the temporary LGV station and the town station.


The Railway Gazette - http://www.railwaygazette.com - reports :

Two return trips from Paris-Lyon will operate daily over the new Perpignan – Figueres high speed line, with a journey time of 5 h 30 min. The 44·4 km standard gauge cross-border line includes an 8·3 km tunnel under the Pyrenees at Le Perthus.

Initially TGVs will terminate at Figueres Vilafant, where connections are provided over ADIF’s 1 668 mm gauge network to Girona and Barcelona — journey times from Paris to the Catalan capital will be reduced by 1 h 15 min to 7 h 25 min. SNCF expects to extend TGV services to Barcelona once the standard gauge line from Figueres is completed; construction has been delayed and opening is now expected in 2012.

In addition RENFE plans to use gauge-changing trainsets to operate three daily through trains between Barcelona and Perpignan, but no start date has been announced for these services.



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Postby peter » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:53 am

The Catalan authorities have agreed a plan to launch a LGV (TGV) link connecting Girona airport to Perpignan in 35mins from 2012.

More : http://www.la-clau.net/info/laeroport-de-girona-raccorde-au-tgv-bientot-a-35-minutes-de-perpignan-6405
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Postby peter » Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:00 am

The last tunnel between Girona and Barcelona (Sants) has been pierced today.

So, a much delayed Perpignan to Barcelona TGV should now be in service in 2012.

Percé depuis mars 2010, long de 5 km, le tunnel de la Ligne à Grande Vitesse à Barcelone a été achevé ce mardi. La bonne tenue du calendrier, qui comprend des travaux d'aménagements à compléter, permet de maintenir l'espoir de pouvoir emprunter le premier TGV Perpignan-Barcelone en 2012.

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Re: Canal ...

Postby peter » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:51 am

peter wrote:Not rail, but connected !

Canal du Rhône à Sète (which is part of the Canal du Midi Bordeaux to Rhone route) has been carrying much increased freight traffic in recent years.

As part of a plan to reduce road freight traffic, there is now a plan to improve the capacity of the canal.

Essentially the improvements will allow bigger boats and faster transit time through locks by 2013.

Midi Libre says ( www.midilibre.com/articles/2008/11/23/2 ... -30-M.php5 ) :

Dans le détail, les interventions concerneront la ligne droite de Carnon, deux postes d'attente (Saint-Gilles, triangle de Carnon), trois zones de croisement (Lunel, triangle de Carnon et Aresquiers), la rehausse des ponts de Lunel et Carnon, et la berge aux Aresquiers.

Ces aménagements permettront de faire passer des bateaux de 2 000 à 2 500 tonnes au lieu de 1 000 tonnes actuellement. « La part du trafic du canal traitée au port de Sète représente 87 % du trafic global du canal avec 211 522 tonnes au 31 juillet dernier », a souligné Georges Frêche. Le trafic annuel du canal (plus de 243 000 tonnes) s'est accru de 6 % par rapport à 2007. Une hausse à peu près identique à celle enregistrée pour le port de Sète, sur lequel la Région investit 200 M€ sur dix ans.

La seconde tranche de travaux sur le canal du Rhône à Sète (2014 - 2018) est estimée à 45 M€.


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Postby peter » Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:39 am

Something for Barry ?


Work begins this week on reconstruction of the Montpellier mainline rail station. Scheduled completion date is end 2014.

The plan is to redevelop the current station and associated rail areas to provide underground parking and incorporate the new rail station in a new commercial area including tram line 3, hotels, housing, restaurants, and office buildings.
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Postby ringlefield » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:11 am

"Work begins this week on reconstruction of the mainline rail station. Scheduled completion date is end 2014."

About time! Beziers station is a bloody disgrace.

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Postby peter » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:16 am

Oops, I didn't specify Montpellier !
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Postby writerman » Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:57 pm

Work begins this week on reconstruction of the Montpellier mainline rail station


Looks to me like you specified it.

And apparently the Polygone will expand to be a part of it, although I'm not sure how that's supposed to work. They're already renting retail space, though!
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Postby gurubarry » Sat Oct 08, 2011 2:43 pm

peter wrote:Something for Barry ?


Work begins this week on reconstruction of the Montpellier mainline rail station. Scheduled completion date is end 2014.

The plan is to redevelop the current station and associated rail areas to provide underground parking and incorporate the new rail station in a new commercial area including tram line 3, hotels, housing, restaurants, and office buildings.


Thanks Peter ,I popped to the UK, and they immediately started to destroy the rest of the City Center Roads and Parking ...lol...My moto is working OK now ,and I bought my wife a scooter ...so we are almost "Montpellier Proofed" now . But friends coming in may have a trek and wait at the parking less, isolated, train station . :D
I don't yet see how this aligns with the proposed dualling of the A9 and TGV tho'
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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby peter » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:11 am

Opening of the TGV line from Montpellier to Perpignan (the missing link !) has been brought forward.

Details will be presented by the Prefect to the président of the région, and the regional director of the rail network (RFF) today.

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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby gurubarry » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:46 am

Again..... :drunken:
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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby peter » Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:54 am

The Montpellier - Perpignan link presentation :

The French government has approved the designation of a 155km long, and average 1000m wide band of land for the future TGV link. This settles the previous options that have been under discussion with the exception of between Salses -le-Château and Peyriac-de-Mer where two slightly different routes remain to be decided.

The question of passengers v freight and using parts of the existing route will be finalised by 10/2012.

The final route, which will fit into a strip 100 to 120 m wide, will be subject to a public inquiry in 2015, and work scheduled to start in 2016 with the intention of services starting in 2020.

There will be a side benefit in terms of improved regional services once TGV use moves to the dedicated track.

The final cost of €bn 5.5 to 7 has been committed in long term budgets, although the allocation between state, department and region is not finalised.

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Estimated journey times , following completion, are :

Montpellier - Barcelona 1hr30mn
Paris - Barcelona = 4h30mn

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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby gurubarry » Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:29 pm

I'll maybe be 72 when it opens......or 105 more like , and with the strikes and go slows, courtesy of SNCFs Retirement Commandos, you can add at least 24 hours to the times shown ...each way, lol ..just booked the autoroute for our New Year trip ....we actually want to arrive before 2012 :twisted:
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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby peter » Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:48 am

International nimbyism ...

Planned protests against the proposed route : http://www.midilibre.fr/2011/12/04/cuxa ... 425351.php
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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby peter » Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:15 am

Worth a look : Figueres - Perpignan ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4VlU2lYwEs
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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby Kathy » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:40 am

The train appears slow because he is about 6km away filming the TGV coming out of the tunnel.
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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby gurubarry » Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:01 pm

Travel update . Arrived at payage ...my puce opened the barrier ...we drove to Lyon in 2.20 mins . with all our gifts for friends and Family intact. We were warm , relaxed and enjoyed a wonderful time with friends before loading the car with thier presents and travelling to Chalon for New Year . Our DAUGHTER is at home and doesn't have to pick us up or deliver us from the car prak /building site in the labarynth of the monster of the Public transport system (Ils arrives ...mon cul )

SNCF ...en grieve....aeroports...en grieve....mon voiture ...jamais en grieve ...Bonne Fetes les syndicalistes :blackeye:

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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby peter » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:50 am

Montpellier - Nimes TGV

The main contract for the 80km of track (including 20km of connections) has been awarded to Bouygues in the amount of €1.3bn as main contractor with an eventual total cost of around €2bn.

There will be two new stations at Manduel and Odysseum.

Completion is scheduled for 2017.

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Postby gurubarry » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:32 am

Good to see the Traffic Management Dept. is still en forme...putting the new TGV station at the ONLY place there is congestion on the A9 ...the Odysseum junction , now to extend the tramway across the A9 and the New A9, and the picture is complete ...lol :albino:
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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby peter » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:00 am

I think that is exactly the plan !

My understanding is that the TGV station will be South of the A9, approximately here : http://g.co/maps/dajhj

It also means that Midi Libre reports of the Nimes-Montpellier section completion by end 2012 was very optimistic.


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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby peter » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:14 am

The latest position on rail developments is :

With the opening of the Perpignan – Figueres TGV link, Paris to Barcelona now
takes 7hr 30m. Ultimately, a fast Paris to Barcelona rail service will be
launched taking just 4hr 30m. Likely start date has now been brought forward to 2020.

The revised schedule is now :

2012 (was 2009) Nimes - Montpellier TGV line bypass work starts
2012 Perpignan - Figueres - Girona TGV line in service
2013 Girona – Barcelona TGV line opened
2016 Toulouse - Bordeaux TGV line opened
2017 Tours - Bordeaux TGV line opened
2017 Nimes - Montpellier TGV line rail bypass opens. More : http://www.rff.fr/reseau/projets/nouvel ... ontpellier
2020 Montpellier - Perpignan dedicated TGV line in service. More : http://www.ligne-montpellier-perpignan.com
2020+ Paris – Toulouse
2030+ Toulouse - Narbonne

Services from Perpignan to Barcelona via a temporary station on the high speed
line at Figueres and then following the existing line started end December 2010.

To link up the different guauges, there will be 3 stations in Figueres over the
next few years. The new line passes to the west of the town, and a new station
is being built at Vilafant. It is planned to divert the existing line, so that
local trains can call at this station, and close the existing railway station in
the centre of the town, although at first a temporary station will be built on
the high speed line. There will be a shuttle service between the temporary LGV
station and the town station.

SNCF announced that they were considering the closure of the Nimes - Clermont
Ferrand rail line for passenger traffic. Following review, it will remain open.
Essential maintenance and further development will take place to improve
tourist traffic numbers.
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Re: Future rail developments .............

Postby gurubarry » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:36 am

Maybe I'll get a ticket for my 90th Birthday for Toulouse -Paris ..... may get there before I'm 91 if the SNCF manage call off the planned industrial Action they must already be in place for that year... :bounce:

thanks for your work thus far Peter ....cheers me up no end :drunken:
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