Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Studies to remove rail bottleneck in southwest France to benefit from EU support

Creation date: October 16, 2013

The European Union will co-finance with over €5.6 million from the TEN-T Programme a series of dedicated studies to improve the Bordeaux-Spain section of track near Bordeaux and thus contributing to the realisation of the "High-speed railway axis of southwest Europe" (TEN-T Priority Project 3).


The studies, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Multi-Annual Programme, will set the groundwork to improve a 12 km rail section from Bordeaux to the Spanish border. The foreseen activities include technical design studies, complementary environmental studies as well as the preparation and management of the public interest enquiry phase.

The outcome of the studies will be used as a decision making tool and represents the first step in the improvement process of the rail section.


The studies and are set to be completed by 31 December 2015.