ALTRO is satisfied with the Declaration of Public Utility concerning the Limoges Poitiers LGV, signed by the Prefect on 11 January, firstly for the future of Limousin and secondly because for once it counters the recommendations made by the "big decision-makers" of rail transport who have never wanted to consider this project in its entirety.
For the ALTRO Association, it is essential that the Limoges Poitiers LGV is also regarded as the first link in a European railway axis that connects Italy and Central Europe to the Atlantic coast, while participating in structuring the future greater region of Aquitaine - Poitou-Charentes - Limousin.
As for its financing, the project must be urgently reconsidered in order to improve its profitability:
- Since the opening of the Limoges-Poitiers LGV, the first new infrastructure to reach the Massif Central area, it has had to rely on the existing rail network and encourage the development of interregional trains running from East to West (Guéret-Limoges-Poitiers-La Rochelle, Limoges-Poitiers-Nantes/Rennes or even Limoges-Poitiers-Bordeaux) with rolling stock suitable for everyday transport.
- The Bordeaux Lyon axis via Limousin must be rehabilitated to constitute the backbone of an East-West European railway axis, the Via Atlantica, of prime importance, which will strengthen the Limoges-Poitiers LGV as one of the first links.
- Even in a situation of financial constraint, ALTRO deems that the investments from Government and the European Union must be dedicated primarily to neglected regions, in order to make them accessible by rail, rather than reinforcing flows towards the largest urban centres. These funds must firstly serve a plan for more consistent rail services, based on both the existing network (POLT - Lyon Bordeaux rail link) and the creation of sections of new lines designed with a view to their multi-functionality.
The Poitiers-Limoges LGV serves the territorial project for growth of the Brittany-Rhône Alpes-Aquitaine triangle, intended to accommodate some of the population growth anticipated as part of a balanced spatial planning policy.