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Lyon-Turin: the tunnel is progressing, the brand new railway traces are lengthy overdue on the French aspect


PWhereas the principle railway tunnel to hyperlink Lyon and Turin is digging beneath the Alps, with a further website launched in December, the French authorities are nonetheless contemplating the route of the entry roads, promising particulars quickly.

A big arch opens within the mountain: initially of December on Sainte-Barbe, patron saint of miners, the drilling work for the French entrance to the bottom tunnel for the longer term high-speed line started. Three extra kilometers for this colossal undertaking, a file launched in 1992, financed by Brussels to unclog the roads.

At current, somewhat greater than 30 kilometers out of greater than 162 km deliberate have been dug beneath the mountain – to the double part of 57.5 km are added service galleries, cross-passages and intermediate accesses -, explains to AFP Xavier Darmendrail, director of the France territory for TELT, the contracting firm.

The commissioning of the tunnel is scheduled for 2032. On the top of the excavations, round 2024-2025, “seven tunnel boring machines will dig on the identical time”, explains Mr. Darmendrail.

On the Italian aspect, the federal government accredited on the finish of final yr the programming of 750 million euros for the tracks linking Turin to the bottom tunnel – i.e. 50 then 100 million for 2024 and 2025, then 150 million euros annually between 2026 and 2029.

In response to the Italian day by day La Stampa, work will start in June this yr.

Whereas his opponents denounce a “huge ineffective undertaking”, his supporters are nervous in regards to the delays on the French aspect, with a call nonetheless awaited on the route of the 150 kilometers of latest tracks between Lyon and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne ( Savoy).

Massive Gauge

“The privileged situation referred to as + Massive gauge + is the topic of a primary monetary spherical with the co-financiers”, that’s to say the native authorities, we clarify to the Ministry of Transport.

“This situation must be a part of the multi-annual funding program which will probably be determined as soon as the report of the Infrastructure Orientation Council (COI) has been delivered, which must be completed by the top of January”, specifies certainly one of identical supply.

Thought-about the most costly, the “massive gauge” situation plans to undergo tunnels beneath the mountainous massifs of Chartreuse and Belledonne, moderately than taking the valleys.

La Transalpine, a committee that brings collectively public authorities and financial gamers in favor of the high-speed line, is getting impatient.

“Ten years after the declaration of public utility, there may be nonetheless no decision-making timetable taken on the French accesses. Nonetheless, a tunnel with out entry roads of the identical efficiency, that doesn’t make sense”, regrets Stéphane Guggino, Transalpine delegate.

The committee is awaiting “a call on the precedence part to be carried out, a dedication to technical finalization research previous to the beginning of the work, to use for subsidies from the European Union and to set a transparent timetable”.

Brussels has certainly opened, as yearly, the brand new requires proposals inside the framework of European co-financing, with a deadline for submission on January 18.

By letting this deadline move, “it might be a disgrace for France to lose one other yr on a file that has already taken far too lengthy,” mentioned Stéphane Guggino.

The Ministry of Transport, questioned by AFP, signifies that the brand new request for European subsidies will probably be submitted “through the yr 2023”, for the decision for tasks in 2024.

The present grant settlement, for 814 million euros allotted to Lyon-Turin for the interval 2014-2020, has been prolonged to the top of December 2022 after which to the top of December 2023, in response to the ministry.

“Clear Choices”

Final summer season, the Slovak Iveta Radicova, coordinator of the Mediterranean hall inside the European Fee, pressured that it was “time to take clear choices”. Seen from Brussels, the Lyon-Turin undertaking “is important” for the completion of the Mediterranean hall, one of many fundamental corridors of the trans-European transport community, remembers a spokesperson for the Fee.

Synchronization can also be essential between the commissioning of the tunnel and new suitable entry routes by way of freight transport capability.

“It’s in Europe’s curiosity to finish this enterprise as rapidly as potential and to consider this funding globally”, insists the Fee.

And “it’s of the utmost significance that the capability of the bottom tunnel corresponds to fashionable and TEN-T compliant entry traces on either side of the Alps”, underlines the identical supply.

01/19/2023 13:12:53 – Lyon (AFP) – © 2023 AFP

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