The eastern branch of the Rhine-Rhône high speed rail line between Dijon and Mulhouse will connect the Paris region to eastern France and to Switzerland as well as Germany. It will also eventually link eastern France to the high speed line between Paris, southern France, Italy, and Spain (Priority Project 24).
This project is concerned with the construction of 140 km of new line between Villers-Les-Pots (near Dijon) and Petit-Croix (near Belfort), as phase one of the eastern branch. The works include the construction of 13 viaducts, a 2-km tunnel, and two new railway stations. The stations of Besançon and Mulhouse will also be adapted and linked to the new high speed line. The line, which expects 12 million passengers per year, is planned to be put into service at the end of 2011.
State of the progress on 31 December 2011:
The new line entered into commercial use on 11 December 2011. Minor land acquisition, environmental measures and engineering works on the line are under completion.
See our TEN-T project implementation successes section for more information.
Réseau Ferré de France:
Total project cost covered by this Decision:
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This project was also looked at during the Mid-Term Review of the 2007-2013 TEN-T Multi-Annual Work Programme.
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Member States involved:
Start date: January 2007
End date: December 2012
Ministry of Sustainable Development
Réseau Ferré de France project website
European Commission, DG MOVE