Reopening of a railway line in the Bordeaux region with SYSTRA
Since 11 December, journeys from Macau to Pessac have taken only 33 minutes instead of an hour, because there is no longer any need to go through Bordeaux-Saint-Jean.
Core to this success has been SYSTRA’s complete general project management, design and construction of all aspects from the preliminary design phase to commissioning, except signalling maanged by SNCF Réseau. Details of the mission executed by SYSTRA are to be found in the project sheet.
The Echoppes Triangle, a 1.5 km single track junction closed in 1951, has been entirely rebuilt and electrified, and given a 50-metre span railway bridge, named ‘Julien Ducourt’, to take it over a road junction in a built-up area. This new section of track, which no longer goes through Bordeaux-Saint-Jean station, cuts journey times between the orbital railway line in Macau and Pessac station to 33 minutes instead of an hour. On weekdays, nine outward and return services are run each day by TER.
The reopening of this railway line is part of a drive to improve multimodal transport services in the western part of Bordeaux, along with the extension of Tramline C to Banquefort. The Pessac-Macau line has 8 stations connecting with Tramlines A and B.