TGV High Speed Trains carried its first commercial passengers between Bordeaux and Paris in only 2 hours and 4 minutes. The travel time has been reduced by 70 minutes with the start of commercial operations on the new Tours-Bordeaux High Speed Line.
This success follows the design and construction phase of the largest rail project in Europe, which was delivered ahead of contractual schedule by LISEA, the Consortium in charge of the €7.8 billion 50-year concession contract with SNCF Réseau, the French national rail Infrastructure Manager. Meridiam holds 22% of the shares of LISEA.
Over the six years of design and construction, LISEA had to move more than 70 million m3 of earthworks, install and test the 300 km long line and 40 km of junctions with all the rail systems, including European interoperability ERTMS 2 signaling system, and take care of the 223 fauna and flora protected species, requiring the securing of 3500 ha for compensations. During the 44 years of operation, LISEA will monitor, manage and develop rail safety operations, sustainable management of the line and traffic, as well as economic development of the territories.