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.