Regular-Interval Timetabling in France
Client: RFF (France), Mar 2008 - May 2008
In France, more than 1800 kilometres of high speed line are already operated whilst a further 900 kilometres are planned to enter service in the next ten years. The Provence - Alpes - Côte d’Azur high speed line (LGV PACA) would extend the high speed network eastwards from the Marseille area. This would offer a travel time well under four hours from Paris to Nice and shorter travel times along the Mediterranean coast (Almost 10 million people live along the Barcelona - Perpignan - Marseille - Nice - Monaco - Genoa axis). Importantly, the new line could also free up capacity on the existing rail network allowing for local and regional train services to be improved.
However, there are a number of route options, which have been examined by the Swiss Consultancy SMA, using the Railway Consultancy as a subcontractor. The two main families of options bring different gains in travel times, and have different consequences on capacity and timetable planning. The Northern routes offer the best journey times between Paris and Nice. Alternatively, the Southern routes would free up more capacity along the existing line and at congested Marseille St Charles station, while offering the largest journey time savings for medium-sized cities such as Toulon. The choice of the best option is therefore likely to depend on the weighting of the criteria..
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