“Look at the map of high speed in France (…), we see the shortcomings. “In the Southwest, it is difficult to prove Jean Castex wrong. Citing the advances concerning in particular the LGV between Toulouse and Bordeaux, the financing of which is struggling to be completed due to the reluctance of some elected officials from Aquitaine, the Prime Minister affirmed that he wanted to “resume the forward march of high speed (…) for all the south of our country", by giving "a boost" to the projects in progress. And cited another hole in the mesh: while the LGV Barcelona-Perpignan line has existed since 2010, the Montpellier-Perpignan is the missing link to connect the French and Spanish LGV networks.
In Narbonne, the Prime Minister was present alongside the President of the Occitanie region Carole Delga to sign the financing protocol for the construction of a LGV between Montpellier and Béziers, the first phase of the Montpellier-Perpignan high-speed line project.
The PS regional president recalled that 60% of French people living more than four hours by train from Paris live in Occitania.
Connect Perpignan to Paris in 4h20
“All territories count, there are no second-class territories, just as there are no second-class French women or men. We do not accept house arrest, we want mobility for everyone,” said Carole Delga. The New Montpellier Perpignan line (LNMP) "will play a major role in opening up the territory by facilitating its connection with Paris and Spain, (…) and will in particular make it possible to connect Perpignan to Paris in 4h20 compared to 5h10 today", according to the Occitania region.
All the partner local authorities have validated the protocol of intent to finance the project, welcomed Carole Delga, who recalled that they will finance, on an equal basis with the State, 40% of the total cost of the first Montpellier- Béziers (about fifty km), which amounts to just over 2 billion euros. The Occitanie region will mobilize 41% of the part coming from the communities, she specified. Europe will provide 20%.
Ultimately, the line linking Montpellier to Perpignan should cost just over six billion euros.
The State plans a "horizon 2030" for the commissioning of Montpellier-Béziers and wants a "start of work in 2033" for phase 2 which finalizes the Montpellier-Perpignan high-speed link.
Another financing protocol, relating to 15 small Occitan lines, has also been signed for the period 2020-2028, for an amount of 800 million euros.
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