Lille-Nantes, Strasbourg-Clermont: green light from the Transport Authority to Railcoop

After economic balance tests, the cooperative obtained authorization to operate six railway lines.

The Transport Regulatory Authority gave the green light Thursday to the Railcoop cooperative to operate six rail lines including Lille-Nantes and Strasbourg-Clermont-Ferrand.

After economic balance tests requested by the Burgundy and Normandy regions, the Authority published a “right of access to railway infrastructureTo this small cooperative which intends in particular to relaunch the Bordeaux-Lyon transverse line at the end of 2022. The other authorized connections are Massy-Brest, Saint-Étienne-Thionville, Grenoble-Thionville and Le Croisic-Bâle, all announced for December 11, 2022.

The offer planned by Railcoop foresees, for example, two daily return trips between Lille-Flandres and Nantes, with stops in Amiens, Rouen, Caen and Saint-Lô, in particular, and a total journey time of more than 9 hours. Between Strasbourg and Clermont-Ferrand, Railcoop would offer two daily round trips with stops in Mulhouse, Besançon, Dijon-ville, Nevers or even Vichy, and a journey time of just under 8 hours.

Green light for SNCF Voyageurs

The Authority has also given the green light to SNCF Voyageurs to relaunch three daily round trips to “classic speed», In Corail trains, between Lyon-Perrache and Paris-Bercy or Paris-Austerlitz, with stops in Mâcon, Dijon or Melun, in particular, and an estimated journey time of 5:30.

The Italian company Trenitalia launched its trains on the same Paris-Lyon line in mid-December, facing the SNCF TGVs.


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