For 20 years now, the ALTRO association has been campaigning for a comprehensive vision of national planning by means of a project for a new high-speed line called the "Via Atlantica" and for its integration in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Its objective is to bring together a maximum number of administrations, communities and actors from economic life, as well as individuals, to create a strong European dynamic in favour of the project.
Our aim is to campaign for the use of high-speed lines for diverse rail services, long routes and regional services, actually improving profitability for many connections.
The new ERTMS Level 2 European signalling system, to be commissioned in 2017, will allow each region, at the same time as improving the existing tracks, to use high-speed tracks for various rail services: long routes and regional services, actually improving profitability for many connections (Source SNCF Nîmes-Montpellier Bypass High-Speed Line).
The comprehensive Via Atlantica European project, which the ALTRO association defends, is essential to the national planning in central France. Concerning the choice of routes, it is essential for the Paris-Clermont and Paris-Limoges connection projects to take into consideration the transversal Via Atlantica in order to maximise the sharing of lines. The Via Atlantica will thus enable the Tours-Bordeaux line to be developed.
Of the 10 objectives of the White Paper on Transport, aimed at creating a single European transport space in order to develop a competitive and resource-efficient system with a 60% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Via Atlantica responds to 4 of the 10 objectives, in the chapter on the optimisation of the efficiency of multimodal logistics chains, especially by turning to the more energy-efficient modes of transport:
With regard to freight transport by road for distances over 300 km, 30% of freight will be transferred to other modes of transport, such as railways or boats by 2030, and more than 50% by 2050, with the help of effective and environmentally-friendly freight corridors . To achieve this goal, the necessary infrastructures must also be put in place.
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. By 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 by 2030, with a high quality, high-capacity network by 2050, as well as the associated information services.
By 2050, connect all the airports of the basic network to the rail network, preferably high-speed, ensuring that all basic sea ports are sufficiently linked to the rail freight transport system and, as far as possible, to the system of inland ports.