Nîmes-Montpellier Bypass

CLIENTRéseau Ferré de France – Oc’Via
CONTRACTFinance, design, construction and maintenance
FINANCINGPublic Private Partnership (PPP)
150 protected
species have been identified on the 700 hectares of land occupied by this project requiring conservation measures.

The Nîmes-Montpellier Bypass constitutes a new link in the construction of the European rail network and in the improvement of regional transport in the area.

The project, carried out in the framework of a 25-year partnership contract, includes financing, designing, constructing and maintaining 80 km of new line, of which 60 km will be high-speed (an extension of the Mediterranean high-speed line).

The project as a whole, involves the construction of 2 stations and 145 structures including 7 viaducts. It will directly and indirectly generate around 6,000 jobs over the five-year period of construction works.

This “mixed traffic” bypass (i.e. used by both high-speed trains and freight trains) will meet twin objectives:

  • improving passenger service quality, with more regional services on the conventional line and increased access to the main regional cities thanks to the high-speed offer;
  • improving freight transport performance between Spain, France and Italy.

Through Biositiv, the Group’s biodiversity offering for infrastructure projects, approximately one hundred protected species have been identified on the 700 hectares of land occupied by the project, and mitigating measures (restoring, managing and monitoring favourable habitats for protected species) have been proposed. These will be put into effect throughout the entire duration of the contract.