Tuesday 16 October 2018
Direct high-speed international trains between London and Bordeaux are one step closer with agreement between the four route Infrastructure Managers along the route to fund a feasibility study.
The study is to focus on the adaptations required to prepare Bordeaux Saint Jean station for international passengers, including border controls and security checks.
The agreement is a key milestone in the innovative cooperation between SNCF-Réseau, Eurotunnel, Lisea and HS1 Ltd in their bid to create a new open access route for an ambitious train operator looking to access a unique and growing passenger market.
Passengers on the new service will be able to travel from London to Bordeaux in less than five hours, taking advantage of the recent opening of a new high-speed railway– South Europe Atlantic (LGV – Sud-Europe Atlantique) linking Tours and Bordeaux.
More than one million people flew between London and the Bordeaux region last year. Modelling by the four infrastructure managers indicates that up to 20% of these passengers will switch to rail.
Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director for HS1 Ltd, said, "with one in four British expats living in the Bordeaux Region, we have every confidence that this will be a successful and popular route. With our partners, we are investing in the station development necessary to make it a reality."