ALTRO’s objective is to promote the creation of a truly continuous and efficient European rail axis: “Via Atlantica”.
- Via Atlantica is a project that lobbies for trains.
- Via Atlantica is not a continuation of new lines to be built in France, nor a mixture of service routes to organise on a given territory, Via Atlantica is both: Via Atlantica is therefore a global and comprehensive project in terms of rail.
- Via Atlantica does not stop at France's borders, because it is essential and coherent to give it a European dimension in order to create a powerful connection from the Atlantic coast to Northern Italy and Central Europe via the Lyons-Turin line.
- Via Atlantica is not only a set of high-speed services: Via Atlantica allows the use of high-speed lines for diverse rail services, including long routes and regional services, and actually improving the profitability for many connections.
- Via Atlantica is also for goods services over longer distances: Via Atlantica is mixed (long distance, regional and freight connections).
- Via Atlantica strives to offer the maximum number of connections on a minimum length of track, thanks to an optimisation of its route in France: Via Atlantica is multifunctional.
Via Atlantica is a profitable project thanks to a better sharing of rail lines.
The association's immediate objectives - 03/2017
The diversification of modes of transport on the same new rail line allows road and air traffic to be contained, or even reduced, and thus greenhouse gases emissions, in order to meet the European objective for their 60% reduction by 2050. It therefore participates in the fight against global warming.
It also reduces hydrocarbon consumption and responds to the concern about energy efficiency with the short-cut between the Iberian Peninsula and Lyon, also serving as a tool of our energy independence.
The Poitiers-Limoges high-speed rail project - 12/2016
Only the Via Atlantica European project refutes all the arguments behind the Council of State's rejection of the Poitiers-Limoges Declaration of Public Utility. The arguments will be identical for all other projects, such as the POCL (Paris Orléans Clermont Lyon).
The ALTRO association campaigns for the inclusion of the Via Atlantica within the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) during its review in 2023. This network defines the major corridors of movement in the European space. If the sections to be created in order to give body to the Via Atlantica are recognized as missing links, they can benefit from European funds up to 40%.