Contractor VINCI has completed the civils work on the 340-kilometre Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail line ahead of schedule.
It has taken just 38 months for VINCI to finish the earthworks and civil engineering portion of the new South Europe Atlantic high-speed rail line. At the height of construction, more than 8,500 people worked on the project.
The line includes 24 viaducts and 500 other structures. Tracklaying is now underway at a rate of 650 metres of double-track rail a day.
The line will shorten the travel time between Bordeaux and Paris to two hours and five minutes.
Described as the largest infrastructure concession being delivered in Europe, the Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail line project represents an investment of €7.8 billion.
The COSEA joint venture, which includes VINCI, Eurovia, BEC, NGE, TSO, Ineo, INEXIA, Arcadis and Egis Rail, began construction in 2012.
Once complete, the line will be operated and maintained by MESA, a joint venture between VINCI Concessions (70 per cent) and INEXIA (30 per cent).