Bretagne-Pays de la Loire high speed rail link
In 2011, Eiffage was selected by Réseau Ferré de France (RFF), the French rail company, to finance, design, build and maintain the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire high speed rail link (connecting Le Mans and Rennes) – currently one of Europe’s largest rail projects. The BPL high speed rail link is a public-private partnership agreement (PPP) lasting 25 years, which was signed on 28 July 2011 between RFF and Eiffage Rail Express (ERE), a subsidiary of Eiffage set up specifically for the project.
This project, which is a continuation of the existing high speed rail link between Paris and Connerré (20 km to the east of Le Mans), consists mainly in the construction of a new 182 km line and aims to greatly improve access to Western France, by putting Rennes at less than 90 minutes from Paris.
© Gaël Arnaud.
The project is progressing at a swift pace. More than 26 million cubic metres of earthworks have been excavated. In addition, a total of 240 civil engineering structures, among when 11 viaducts, are being built between Le Mans (Sarthe) and Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine) to enable the BPL to cross over valleys, existing railway lines, waterways and motorways.
2015 sees the focus shift to rail works (track laying, installation of catenary poles and construction of the first signalling buildings) that are being supplied by the two railway works centres at Auvers-le-Hamon and St. Berthevin (Mayenne) : 820 km of railway lines, 1.6 million tons of ballast and 680,000 sleepers and 3 000 km of cables and more than 8 500 catenary posts will have been put.