The New Provence-Côte d’Azur railway line (LNPCA)
Public meetings (definition of project aims)
Additional studies conducted by RFF (SNCF Réseau since 2015) to assess 14 scenarios
“Southern Metropolitan Areas” scenario was selected (new line to pass through Marseille, Toulon and Nice)
Steering Committee initiated the preliminary studies for the public utility enquiry and the 1st phase of the consultation process was held on the different scenarios and passage zones
Information provided and public consulted about the preferred passage zone
Initiation of phase 2 of the preliminary studies for the public utility enquiry, in order to define the route to be submitted (these steps were organised as part of the ongoing consultation process in the region)
Preparation of the approved public utility enquiry submission for the priority 1 works
Scheduled commissioning of the new railway systems in Marseille and Nice
Moving towards a project for a new line
The dialogue with the regional stakeholders transformed a high-speed line project into a project for the creation of a new line. This new line will meet the expectations of the region and its priority will focus on daily travel needs.
The new line will be constructed in stages
In accordance with the French government’s decision of 9 July 2013, this project’s phases will be based on three priorities:
- Priority 1 – dedicated to Marseille and Côte d'Azur bottlenecks. Stage to be completed by 2030.
- Priority 2 – dedicated to Aubagne-Toulon and East Var-Siagne segments. Works to be undertaken between 2030 and 2050.
- The ambition – after 2050 – is to construct the Toulon-East Var and Nice-Italy sections. This will totally complete the project.
For the two priority 1 programmes, the ministerial decision on 7 May 2014 approved the preferred passage zones in both areas.
The priority 1 and 2 projects alone will account for 80% of the expected traffic gains of the total project, and nearly 90% of the time gains (with less than 75% of the total investment).
Thanks to the priority works to decongest the Marseille and Côte d'Azur bottlenecks, by 2030 it will also be possible to welcome 8 million additional passengers per year, including 7 million in the TER regional trains.
A project conducted in consultation with the region
The consultation process for this project began with public meetings in 2005 and continued until 2014. It included all the stakeholders involved in this major project: elected officials, citizens, railway service users, socio-economic parties, etc. This common reflexion took place in the form of working and focus groups dedicated to a geographical area or particular subject (e.g. agriculture and viticulture, railway stations, etc.) The next stage in the consultation process will be held in early 2016 and will be dedicated to route proposals for the new Marseille and Côte d’Azur railway systems.
The co-financing partners of the preliminary studies for the public utility enquiry related to the LNPCA project are the following:
- French State
- Principality of Monaco
- PACA region
- Bouches-du-Rhône, Var and Alpes-Maritimes departments
- Pays d’Aix and Toulon-Provence-Méditerranée Urban Communities
- Marseille-Provence-Metropolitan Urban Community
- Nice-Côte d’Azur Metropolitan Area
- European Union
- SNCF Réseau.