RFF selects Bouygues for the public-private partnership (PPP)
Réseau Ferré de France has selected Bouygues as its "preferred bidder" for the publicprivate partnership contract to design, build, maintain and fund the Nimes and Montpellier railway bypass.
The new line should substantially boost the quality and performance of rail services for :
a) freight trains, in particular those in transit to and from Spain,
b) high-speed passenger trains by offering greater accessibility to and from major urban centres in the Languedoc-Roussillon region,
c) regional trains for which greater capacity will be available.
As the extension to the existing Paris-Lyon and Mediterranean high-speed lines towards Spain, the bypass will be a further step towards completion of the European rail network.
Work on building the Nimes and Montpellier railway bypass is scheduled to begin at the end of 2012. The site is expected to last over four years and will, directly and indirectly, create some 6,000 jobs per year, a boon for the regional economy.