LGV Perpignan-Figueras high speed rail link: the Pyrenees in 3 minutes
Initially, the link with Figueras (north-eastern Spain) is to be commercialised, then a connection with the Spanish high speed rail network will link Paris and Barcelona in 5h30 (compared with current journey times of over 8 hours) – a first ! Initial time saving is a considerable 50 minutes.
A trans-Pyrenees concession
Following construction work that involved all the branches of the Group, Eiffage delivered the 44.4 km of rail track, which crosses the Franco-Spanish border via the 8.3 km long Perthus tunnel – which takes only 3 minutes to cross.
The LGV high speed rail link can accommodate high speed trains travelling at 350 km/hour and freight trains travelling at 120 km/hour, a combined system which is a first of its kind for this type of network.
The concession was granted to the TP Ferro consortium, comprising in equal measure Eiffage and ACS-Dragados, a major Spanish construction firm. The concession is due to last 53 years.