Clément BEAUNE launches modernization of Paris-Orléans-Limoges-Toulouse and Paris-Clermont-Ferrand routes with new €40 million investment

On Wednesday, November 22, 2023, the neglected Paris-Orléans-Limoges-Toulouse and Paris-Clermont-Ferrand railway lines are being prioritized for renovation by Mr. Clément BEAUNE, Minister Delegate in charge of Transport. These lines are crucial for the rail offering and the development of the region, which have been overlooked in favor of high-speed services.

The State and SNCF are jointly investing nearly 3.5 billion euros in these lines by 2027 to upgrade the rolling stock and revamp the entire network. This includes modernization programs on each line, funded by the State and complemented by local authorities, with the aim of reducing travel times.

At the 2023 Mayors and Local Authorities Exhibition, the State and SNCF Réseau signed three new financing agreements totaling 38.5 million euros for the Paris-Orléans-Limoges-Toulouse (POLT) and Paris-Clermont-Ferrand lines.

The Paris-Orléans-Limoges-Toulouse line is a strategic North-South axis between the Île-de-France, Centre Val-de-Loire, Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie regions. The 700 km of this axis will be regenerated and modernized through several planned projects by 2027. The two agreements for the POLT line signed today concern funding for work between Brétigny and Boisseaux (13 million euros) and funding for studies and consultation projects between Les Aubrais and Montauban (nearly 8 million euros).

The Paris – Clermont-Ferrand line is a strategic axis between the Île-de-France, Centre-Val-de-Loire, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regions. The agreement signed today concerns the line from Moret to Clermont-Ferrand. The State is investing nearly 17.5 million euros to improve passenger services and the competitiveness of the TET offer by focusing on four areas: service, regularity, travel times, and onboard services.

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