LGV East Europe – 2nd phase
Commissioning of phase 1 and geophysical surveys for phase 2
Preventive archaeology diagnosis
Water survey and signing of financing agreement
Start of works
Start of installation of railway infrastructure
Scheduled commissioning for the 2nd phase of the LGV East line
Two major challenges – making the East more attractive and accessible, and improving the international railway connections with this region
The 2nd phase of the LGV East line will be 106 km long and will connect Baudrecourt (Moselle) to Vendenheim (12 km to the north of Strasbourg). This segment is an extension of the first phase which has been in service since 2007.
This project has several aims. The main objective is to reduce the travelling time between the East and Paris and other French regions. The new line will create conditions which are favourable to the economic, tourism and cultural development of the areas served by this new segment. It will also improve the international links between the Strasbourg region and Luxembourg, and will make travel to Germany easier. The LGV East high-speed line is in fact the last stage of France’s contribution to the construction of the “Magistrale for Europe”, the 1500 km long Trans-European railway.
Finally, the LGV East will improve inter-regional relations between Alsace and Lorraine, Champagne-Ardenne, the North, West and Southwest of France.
In addition, the 2nd phase of the LGV East line will feature innovation in several areas:
- construction and equipment of the railway tracks (e.g. use of recycled raw materials, pressure reducing pads to lower maintenance costs and extend the life of the railway ballast)
- railway signalling (e.g. European Rail Traffic Management System, or ERTMS 2, which will allow foreign trains equipped with the same technology to operate, or “interoperability”).
Finally, in this project SNCF Réseau has made a strong commitment to social integration. Specific clauses have been added to public procurement contracts in order to reserve some working hours for long-term job seekers and low-skilled people. The latter have been given the opportunity to take training programmes to become installers and electricians of railway tracks or technicians for the preparation of overhead lines.
- 30 minute time gain for a trip from Paris to Strasbourg
- top train speed of 320 km/h
- 4 km of tunnels bored under the Vsges mountains
Concrete actions to protect the environment and quality of life
To limit the environmental impact of the 2nd phase of the LGV East line, SNCF Résaeu (RFF prior to 2015) has adopted a two-pronged approach:
- Integration of the project in its environment as from the design stage (avoiding specific areas which are sensitive and inhabited, architecture of the technical infrastructures are harmonised in relation to landscapes, etc.)
- Protecting animal and plant life (moving protected species, re-establishment of ponds and biological corridors, creation of passageways for wildlife, preserving aquatic environments, etc.)
In 2010 for its actions related to the LGV East high-speed line, RFF was also awarded the Year of Biodiversity label within the scope of the Grenelle Environmental Agreement.
The financing agreement for the 2nd phase of the LGV East line was signed in 2009 between RFF, the State, 16 local government authorities, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union. The total cost of the programme has been estimated at €2.01 billion.