Just 440 days from the launch, it’s now official…. There will be 18.5 daily TGV trains travelling non-stop between Paris and Bordeaux in July 2017. This new TGV Atlantique called “L’Oceane” will enable faster, better and more frequent travel.
Providing attractiveness and mobility
This train service plan effectively responds to the needs and expectations expressed by users and economic stakeholders. 87% of Bordeaux residents agree that the “TGV effect” will improve the region’s attractiveness and accelerate its momentum.
The major benefit of this high speed will be the reduced travel time to southwest France, setting Bordeaux at only 2 hours and 4 minutes from Paris.
The service that will begin on 2 July, 2017 “is organized around an hourly TGV shuttle ranging from 6:00am to 9:00pm, with reinforcement every half hour during rush hour.”
The service will make it easier to visit Paris for the day or weekend, and will make the trip more pleasant, with the trains’ new interior design and high level of comfort.
The new Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes region will benefit from increased attractiveness for residents and entrepreneurs, thanks to the financial support of over €306 million from the former Aquitaine region, €26 million from the former Limousin region, and €127 million from Bordeaux Métropole.
Coordinate the service with TER connections
Three connecting TER/TGV time slots starting at 7:00am in Bordeaux (arrival in Paris at 9:08am), then at 7:30pm and 8:30pm (departure from Paris at 5:19pm or 6:19pm) will allow many cities – Agen, Mont de Marsan, Bergerac, Médoc, Arcachon – to make roundtrips to Paris in one day.
The Region also took into account the “internal connections in the territory, between Poitiers, La Rochelle, Angoulême, Libourne, Bordeaux and southern Aquitaine”.
Investing in the future
This timetable that provides an ample service offering represents a success factor for this new TGV, 15 months before its inauguration.
First of all, this first section of the LGV provides a safe, regular, and ecological form of transport, encouraging the changeover from road to rail traffic.
The LGV will also enable Bordeaux and its region to open up internationally, and encourage its development towards Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Finally, this timetable represents an essential prerequisite 2 months before the next decree, which will declare that the LGV Bordeaux-Toulouse and Bordeaux-Dax are in the public interest.
The TGV Atlantique at a glance
- 85% of the residents of Bordeaux Métropole see the TGV as good news
- Bordeaux – Paris in 2 hours, 4 minutes, as opposed to 3 hours, 14 minutes
- +2.3 million more passengers per year
- Bordeaux – Paris: 33.5 roundtrips/day, of which 18.5 are non-stop