A resolutely European rail project

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On 15 April 2016, the Council of State cancelled the declaration of public utility of the works necessary to realise the Poitiers-Limoges High-Speed Rail Line. Given the decision and conclusions of the Council of State, this new line that the association deemed to be the first link in the Via Atlantica coast-to-coast European railway connection could no longer play its role.

Since 2006, during the Public Discussion for the creation of this new line, the association has campaigned for the Third South scenario presented by RFF and 13 out of 22 stakeholder's reports (cahiers d’acteurs) have talked about it. (2006-Discussion about the Poitiers-Limoges project p.57). This scenario provides for a branch line on the new Tours-Bordeaux high-speed line, halfway between Poitiers and Angouleme, a single track allowing for competitive exchanges from north to south of the Atlantic coast with a single bar from Limoges.

Thus, the ill-named Poitiers-Limoges connection must be reconsidered in the broad perspective of a European development axis, linking the Atlantic coast to Eastern Europe: the Via Atlantica, a high-performance freight and passenger rail link connecting Rennes/Nantes and the Iberian Peninsula/Bordeaux/Lyon, Turin/Milan and beyond, up to Budapest.

The creation of this European corridor assists in the development of the Atlantic ports from Brest to Lisbon. The Poitiers-Limoges High-Speed Rail project was planned as a single track for 64% of its route, which is no longer conceivable given the pooling of services and multiple connections on the same line.

The route of these new tracks, by linking important economic poles with high population densities and industrial activities, thus attributes productive equipment to the territories crossed, boosting their businesses. It will allow each region to use its different modes of transport on the high-speed lines to improve the performance of other connections. (SR-GV Regional High-Speed Service).

What the territories will gain

The association campaigns for the inclusion of the Via Atlantica during the review of the TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Network) in 2023, which 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 of up to 40%.

’s primary task is to federate all of the economic communities and actors with the support of certain members.