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Vinci completes Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail line

Infrastructure and civil engineering work has been completed on the 340km South Europe Atlantic high-speed rail line in 38 months.

Running between Tours and Bordeaux, the Cosea joint venture led by Vinci has been responsible for designing and building the €7.8bn (£5.5bn) line. Work included 340km of rail infrastructure, 24 viaducts and 500 engineering structures. Now rail equipment is being installed.

Vinci chairman and chief executive Xavier Huillard said: “The outsized project was a major challenge in terms of organisation, production and management, employing 8,500 people simultaneously at the height of activity.”

The venture is one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects and also the largest rail public private partnership ever in France. It will cut the travel time between Bordeaux and Paris to two hours and five minutes.

Other members of the COSEA venture included Eurovia, BEC, NGE, TSO, Ineo, Inexia, Arcadis and Egis Rail.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Um, what is the HS2 time scale and budget??

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  • HS2's budget is higher and the construction time scale is longer. The French may build things somewhat more efficiently, but the main difference is that the Tours-Bordeaux line runs through open country, whereas HS2 includes construction right into the centre of our major cities, and complex (but necessary) reconstruction of stations such as Euston.

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