LGV Rhin Rhône - branche est

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The first ever province to province project

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:

  • via its North-South branch: Alsace, Burgundy, Franche-Comté, Languedoc-Roussillon, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrenees, Provence-Alps-Riviera, Rhone-Alps, etc.
  • via its East-West branch: Brittany, Greater Paris, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Loire Valley, etc.

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:

  • its continental dimension,
  • its role as a link between different parts of Europe.

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.