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TGV
TGV LGV Sud-Est TGV LGV Atlantique
TGV LGV Rhône-Alpes TGV LGV Nord
TGV LGV Méditerranée TGV LGV Est
TGV LGV Interconnexion Est  
TER
  Alsace   Nord-Pas de Calais
  Haute Normandie   Picardie
  Champagne Ardenne   Lorraine
  Basse Normandie   Bretagne
  Centre   Bourgogne
  Franche Comté   Pays de la Loire
  Poitou-Charentes   Limousin
  Auvergne   Rhône Alpes
  Aquitaine   Midi Pyrénées
  Languedoc Roussillon   Provence Alpes-Côte-d'Azur
  Corse    
SNCF Île-de-France/Transilien
  Est   Nord
  Saint-Lazare   Montparnasse
  Paris-Lyon  
RER
  line A   line D
  line B   line E
  line C
Réseau Express de l'Aire urbaine Lyonnaise (REAL)

The LGV Atlantique is a high-speed railway line running from Paris (Gare Montparnasse) to Western France. It opened in 1989-1990. It divides into two parts at Courtalain, one going westward to Le Mans (towards Brittany and Pays de la Loire), the second one going southwestward to Tours (towards Aquitaine).

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Route

The line leaves Gare Montparnasse to cross Paris's southern suburbs, partly under the Coulée Verte. This is a tunnel above which footpaths and recreational areas have been created, to reduce the effect of the LGV running through the area. The line at this point follows the route of the former railway line from Paris to Chartres. TGVs coming from the north or southeast of France via the LGV Interconnexion Est join the line at Massy. After the new Massy TGV station, the line passes through the Villejust tunnel and then follows the A10 motorway. Near the Saint-Arnoult toll plaza, the LGV turns south and leaves the motorway. The line then follows the ligne classique from Paris to Vendôme until the junction at Courtalain.

Stations

The LGV Atlantique serves the following stations:

1 Le Mans is located on the western branch of the LGV Atlantique.

History

  • 1 January 1983: creation of SNCF new line no. 2 committee
  • 25 May 1984: public utility declaration
  • 15 February 1985: official beginning of works at Boinville-le-Gaillard
  • 1 July 1987: laying of first LGV Atlantique rail at Auneau
  • 24 September 1989: line opens from Montrouge to Conneré
  • 18 May 1990: TGV world speed record of 515.3 km/h
  • 25 September 1990: southwestern branch opens
  • 27 December 1990: baby born on a TGV Atlantique train

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