MAINTENANCE. LGV Bordeaux-Toulouse: “We can win in two years on the calendar,” assures Carole Delga

Carole Delga, the Socialist president of the Occitania region, says she is confident in the schedule for completing work on the LGV Toulouse-Bordeaux, believing it will finally become “a reality”. Maintenance.

What do you think of the strong support of the French for the LGV project?

I didn’t doubt it. There are strong expectations on the ground and according to this logic, 80% of our fellow citizens approve of the realization of this project. The isolation of the great Southwest is seen as an injustice. The French, like our Spanish neighbors, want a solution. The train is the increasingly popular ecological means of transport and the TGV remains a great French success. Wherever it goes, it offers the best carbon-free alternative to connect our areas, our businesses, our universities, etc. It will bring us closer to Paris, Brussels, but also Bordeaux, Bilbao and Madrid. A new line also means more daily trains. These new railways will allow the regions on both sides of the Pyrenees to facilitate their trade. This is part of building Europe.

Do you think the LGV will encourage more people to take the train?

If the offer and prices are there, our fellow citizens will clearly choose the train. This is the meaning of my policy in Occitania: the number of visitors there has increased by 58%, a national record. And French TERs are the most widely used in Europe. If you give yourself the tools, it works. This new Toulouse-Bordeaux-Dax line is decisive. Locally, it will be possible to free up tracks on the current, now saturated line to Montauban and Agen, further increasing the frequency of our daily trains. This is the sine qua non for the creation of a RER north of Toulouse and for the green transformation of mobility.

Are you confident in the work completion schedule?

After so many years of fighting, bringing together, convincing, the work started last month! The LGV Toulouse-Bordeaux becomes reality. And I maintain that we can remove two more years from the calendar. You know my determination: my goal remains 2030. With the GPSO company we are working to accelerate everything that can be done in relation to the target of commissioning in 2032, as set by the Prime Minister. The European Union must help us. This is the purpose of my trip to Brussels today: a new European railway agreement, which I have supported for years.

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