New Paris-Normandy line
Preliminary studies prior to public meetings
Statement of objectives defined by the Minister of Transport; three priority sections are defined following the optimisation of the project phases by RFF
First stage of studies prior to public utility enquiry (definition of a preferred passage zone) and approval of the consultation process
Estimated date of the Declaration of Public Utility for the three priority sections
Two major challenges – ensuring punctual and fast regional railway services, and developing economic growth in the Rouen Seine Valley
The new Paris-Normandy line project will initially focus on three priority sections:
- Paris-Mantes and Rouen-Yvetot
These two sections will require the construction of two new railway segments, in particular to cross the Seine River and reach Yvetot, and a new railway station (Rouen-Saint-Sever). These infrastructures will improve daily transport journeys between the Île-de-France and Normandy regions, by decongesting the present network and reducing travel times. For existing lines the capacity that will be freed up will contribute to improving local railway coverage in accordance with other transport projects (Greater Paris Metropolis, Eole, RER A and Transilien). In addition, it will become possible to increase railway freight transport and to improve its performance levels.
This new section will be paired with the first two. It will significantly reduce travel times while also improving the comfort, punctuality and regularity of the trains.
To fulfil these aims, the new infrastructures will use special trains of an intermediate category between traditional and high-speed trains. They will be designed for fast regional service (the maximum speed will be equal to or less than 250 km/h) over short distances. This will allow the railway service to meet the needs of local residents, e.g. commuting to work.
In a second stage, studies will be conducted for the implementation of the other parts of the project, or “target project” (Évreux-Rouen and Louviers-Bernay sections and other railway stations to be built). Ultimately, this new offer of railway services will improve mobility in all areas with upgraded service. The development of the Rouen Seine Valley will also be supported by reducing travel time between the regions of Lower Normandy, Upper Normandy and Île-de-France.
- New trains travelling at speeds of up to 200 km/h in Île-de-France and 250 km/h in Normandy
- Travelling times reduced to 50 min for Paris-Évreux, 1 hr for Paris-Rouen, 1hr 30 min for Paris-Caen and under 30 min for Paris-Mantes
- €5.3 billion allocated to the priority sections and €7.6 billion to the target project
Protecting the environment: in-depth studies for preserving local heritage
Between 2009 and 2011 RFF drew up an environmental diagnosis of the areas through which the future Paris-Normandy line will pass. These studies will allow the project stakeholders to more effectively consider the specific characteristics of the impacted regions:
- dense urbanisation (Île-de-France, Rouen Seine Valley)
- fragile natural areas (Natura 2000 areas, parks and nature reserves)
Consultation – an ongoing process to improve the project
Following the public meetings organised in 2011-2012, SNCF Réseau (known as RFF prior to 2015) implemented an ongoing consultation process for the new Paris-Normandy line. This involves conducting an exchange with the stakeholders about the major issues related to the project. All the main stakeholders (State, transport organisation authorities, local government authorities, railway companies, economic players and associations) as well as the general public were involved.
The cost of the studies related to the three priority sections during Stage 1 was approximately €22 million. All the preliminary studies prior to the public utility enquiry represent an investment of €60 million. These studies are financed by the State (1/3), SNCF Réseau (1/3) and the regions of Upper Normandy, Lower Normandy and Île-de-France (1/3).