A resolutely European rail project

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1. Present the country and continent with a vision of the future and a unifying project,
2. Promote a balanced spatial development of the European territory for structuring the continent,
3. Focus on a territorial project, highlighting the Nantes-Bordeaux-Lyon triangle,
4. Rectify the French deficit in European corridors and the sidelining of France that stems from it.

What Via Atlantica offers the Atlantic

  • Improves the accessibility and standing of the whole Atlantic coastline.
  • Boosts the Atlantic ports which may claim to be the true entry/exit points of the European continent.
  • Is positioned as the only project capable of meeting the transport challenges of the Atlantic Arc.

What the Via Atlantica offers France

  • Links and pulls towards the development of marginalized central regions.
  • Develops the territory, helping extend France's rail links.
  • Allows the emergence of a Bordeaux-Nantes/Rennes-Lyon triangle of growth .
  • Offers a new European corridor to France that ceases to be an obstacle to the continuity of the Via Atlantica East-West axis.
  • Tackles the demographic challenge: the triangle is likely to accommodate a portion of the population growth expected over the next 30 years and lead to the development of today's marginalized regions.
  • Responds to the challenge posed by tourism: the rise from 83 to 100 million tourists in the medium-term, and then in 2030 will carry 5% of the estimated billion tourists, either 50 million extra, or 150 million tourists in total, bearing in mind that passenger transport is one of the 5 main pillars of tourism.
  • Contributes to the energy transition whose future law neglects the transport sector, despite the latter representing the second source of energy consumption in France with 32% of the energy consumed and 70% of the consumption of petrol. (82% of the French energy bill is attributable to petrol: 50 billion out of a total of 61.4 billion euros). France is therefore far from having the means to meet the objectives of the European Union's White Paper on Transport.
The triangle of growth structured by the Via Atlantica

What the Via Atlantica offers Europe

  • Offers a balanced spatial planning of the European territory.
  • Provides better communication for a better understanding of the people.
  • Diminishes the territorial divide.
  • Satisfies 4 of the 10 objectives of the White Paper on Transport that aims to form a European transport area to create a competitive and resource-efficient system with a 60% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in the chapter on the optimization of the performance of multimodal logistics chains, especially through the increased use of more energy efficient modes of transport:
    • Transfer 30% of road freight on distances exceeding 300 km to other modes of transport such as the railways or waterways by 2030, and more than 50% by 2050.
    • Achieve a high-speed European railway network by 2050. Triple the current length of the high-speed railway network by 2030 and maintain a dense rail network in all Member States. For 2050, most medium-distance passenger transport should be made by train.
    • Put in place a fully functional and European-wide multimodal TEN-T basic network for 2030, with a high quality, high capacity network for 2050.
    • By 2050, connect all the airports of the basic network to the rail network, preferably at high speed, ensuring that all basic sea ports are sufficiently linked to the rail freight transport system and, depending on the possibilities, to the system of inland ports.
TEN-T integrating the Via Atlantica