May 24, 2022

The Paris-Aurillac night train back “within two years”, promises Jean Castex

The Prime Minister announced it at the end of October without giving a deadline. Jean Castex has promised the relaunch of the Paris-Aurillac night train, abandoned in 2003, “within two years”, announced Monday, January 17, the prefect of Cantal.

The head of government mentioned the reopening of this line in a letter sent to elected officials on Friday, the prefect said in a press release. A logical date could be December 2023, when the railways change their annual timetable.

funded by the state

The new version of the Paris-Aurillac will be made up of three cars – one with first class berths, one in second and one with seats, i.e. 170 seats – which will be separated at Brive-la-Gaillarde (Corrèze) from the cars heading towards Rodez and Toulouse, according to the press release.

The State will finance this service within the framework of the convention of exploitation of the trains of balance of the territory (TET, or Intercités), which it must renegotiate with the SNCF.

The government recently relaunched the Paris-Nice and Paris-Lourdes night trains, as well as financing the renovation of rolling stock on the Paris-Rodez/Latour-de-Carol (Pyrénées-Orientales)/Port-Bou lines ( idem) and Paris-Briançon (Hautes-Alpes) which had survived the elimination of almost all night connections.

The Minister Delegate for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, also announced in December the creation by 2030 of new lines from Paris to Albi, Bayonne (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) and Saint-Sébastien (Spain), as well as from Paris in Barcelona and from Paris to Toulouse, Montpellier and Marseille. He added the cross-connections Metz/Geneva – Nice/Barcelona/Bordeaux and Bordeaux-Nice.

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The World with AFP