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TGV LGV Sud-Est TGV LGV Atlantique
TGV LGV Rhône-Alpes TGV LGV Nord
TGV LGV Méditerranée TGV LGV Est
TGV LGV Interconnexion Est  
  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
SNCF Île-de-France/Transilien
  Est   Nord
  Saint-Lazare   Montparnasse
  line A   line D
  line B   line E
  line C
Réseau Express de l'Aire urbaine Lyonnaise (REAL)

The LGV Rhin-Rhône is a high-speed railway line under construction running between Mulhouse and Lyon, in France. It will be used by TGV trains operated by SNCF, the French national railway company. The eastern branch, a new line between Dijon and Mulhouse, will become a key link in both the North-South and East-West transport corridors. The line will have a large regional, national, and intra-European impact. TGV lines had traditionally served intra-France travel. Mulhouse will provide connection to Basel, Switzerland, and then to trains of southwestern Germany and northwestern Switzerland. Mulhouse will also be in 35 km proximity to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.



  • The North-South line would help connect Germany, the north of Switzerland, eastern France, the valleys of the Saône, Rhône, and the Mediterranean arc and finally to Nice (extending to Catalonia region).
  • The East-West line would help connect London, Brussels, Lille, Île-de-France, Burgundy, Franche-Comté, south Alsace, southern Baden, and the French and German-speaking Switzerland.

It is projected that 12 million passengers will use the LGV Rhine-Rhône service which will begin in 2012. The estimated cost of the project is 2.053 billion euros. A connection will be built at Perrigny, south of Dijon, to serve TGV and freight trains. Auxon station will be connected to Besancon-Viotte station by a railway line which could be also used for commuter trains. The construction of the LGV Rhine-Rhône will be undertaken by Rail Network of France (RFF).

A total of 12 of France's 21 metropolitan regions will benefit from the project including:


Map of France showing LGVs. The LGV Rhin-Rhône is shown in shades of blue, south-east of Paris.

Construction of the line has been divided into various sub-projects:

Construction started at the north of Besançon August 7, 2006.


Eastern branch

The eastern branch is currently the furthest advanced. The finance agreement for the first phase of the eastern branch which connects Villers les Pots (east of Dijon) to Petit-Croix (southeast of Belfort) was signed 28 February 2006. Subsequent to preparatory works in 2005, construction officially started on July 3, 2006 by a ceremony in Villersexel-Les Margny, Haute-Saône. This section is projected to enter service around 2011.[1]


Financing of the €2 billion project (excluding rolling stock) is broken down as follows:

Journey times

Upon completion of the Eastern branch:

  • Strasbourg–Lyon 3:15, eventually 2:05 (currently 4:35)
  • Belfort–Paris 2:20 (currently 3:50)
  • Strasbourg–Marseille, eventually 4:30

See also


External links


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