SNCF is going to develop its Intercity lines. Here, the Nantes-Lyon.
In order to develop the offer of day and night Intercity services, an agreement was signed on March 17 between Jean-Marie Djebbari, Minister of Ecological Transition in charge of Transport, and Christophe Fanichet, CEO of Sncf Voyageurs. The agreement, which runs until 2031, covers some 80 daily trains carrying 8.4 million passengers a year, with a traffic growth target of 20% over the period.
To achieve this goal, a policy will first be implemented with the launch of a fourth Nantes-Bordeaux round trip per day in early 2022, followed next year by a third Nantes-Lyon round trip. In the meantime, in 2026, additional daily frequencies on the Paris-Orléans-Limoges-Toulouse and Paris-Clermont-Ferrand routes. Other new daytime frequencies and night-time services may be added ” no later than the 2024 annual service
“, says the SNCF and the State in a joint statement.
Improving comfort and regularity of trains
The second growth lever is to improve comfort in order to make passengers want to (re)take the train. The agreement also includes satisfaction indicators based on service quality, train punctuality, train comfort, etc. New rolling stock will be brought into service in 2026 on the Paris-Orléans-Limoges-Toulouse and Paris-Clermont-Ferrand lines, in parallel with the increase in the number of services. Part of the funding provided by the State will be indexed to this measure of service quality. ” We have a clear course: to welcome more passengers thanks to reinforced offers and an ever better quality of service
,” assures Christophe Fanichet in this document.
These projects with the SNCF will not prevent these routes from being opened up to competition in order to comply with the 2018 rail law, which provides for the gradual opening up to competition of the lines on which these regional balance trains (TETs) run. According to the established timing, the company selected after the call for tenders will have to ensure the takeover – or continuity if it is the SNCF – of operations when the annual service is introduced in 2027 for the Nantes-Bordeaux and Bordeaux-Lyon lines, in 2028 for night trains (Paris-Briançon-Nice, Paris-Toulouse-Rodez/Albi and Paris-Lourdes/Latour-de-Carol/Cerbère), 2029 for Paris-Limoges-Toulouse and Paris-Clermont-Ferrand, and 2030 for Bordeaux-Marseille. A new qualitative leap in the transport offer is expected from this market liberation on the part of the chosen operator(s)
SNCF plays the turtle with Ouigo Train Classique
Old Corail trains given a flashy pink makeover will be given a new lease of life on April 11 to serve the new Ouigo Train Classique service that the rail company will be offering on the Paris-Lyon and Paris-Nantes routes. One and two return trips will be operated each day, before increasing to five daily rotations in June at the start of the summer season. The SNCF intends to compete with Blabacar and its carpooling and bus transport services (formerly known as Ouibus, which has been taken over by the SNCF), with tickets priced between 10 and 30 euros, but with journey times that are a bit like those of the TGV: between 4 hours 45 minutes and 5 hours 15 minutes for Paris-Lyon, and between 3 hours 30 minutes and 4 hours 15 minutes for Paris-Nantes, depending on the two routes proposed, one via Le Mans, the other via St-Pierre-des-Corps.
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