The Eastern branch of the Rhine-Rhine high-speed line (LGV) will contribute to further securing France’s position in a Europe progressively expanding towards the East.
The Eastern branch of the Rhine-Rhone high-speed line will further cement France's position in a Europe gradually expanding towards the East.
It is the first-ever province-to-province high-speed line project and, as such, will be a vital link in the European high-speed network. The project has the financial backing of Switzerland and 'priority link' status with the European Union, two factors that amply demonstrate its international importance.
With its two prongs - North-South and East-West - it will provide a link on French territory with implications for two major European cross-country routes.
The new Rhine-Rhone high-speed line will connect a remarkable number of regions:
In all, 12 of the 21 regions in metropolitan France will enjoy the benefits of the project. The European high-speed rail network, in its present and future configurations, clearly shows the strategic importance of the Rhine-Rhone high-speed link:
The countries and areas that will be particularly affected include Germany, the German and French-speaking parts of Switzerland, the UK, Belgium and the Mediterranean Arc.