• Capabilities: Construction Management and Site Supervision, Project Management, Engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering
  • Sectors: Contractors, Rail and Urban Transport, Transportation, Public Sector

Improving the Atlantic rail route connecting northern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula

France - The Atlantic route between northern France, northern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula is one of Europe’s major traffic flows and is becoming overloaded with traffic volumes, mainly on the roads. The new South Europe Atlantic High-Speed Line will offer a solution to these growing transport needs, both for passengers and for freight.

300 km

new high speed line between Tours and Bordeaux

250

bridges were controlled by Arcadis

This project is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. It involves the construction of a new 302 kilometers long high-speed link between Tours and Bordeaux, and 38 kilometers of connecting lines to the existing rail network.

Our approach

Under a consortium contract with VINCI, Arcadis: 
• Managed the group of designers involved in this part of the project, coordinating the final infrastructure design for two of the 15 geographical segments of the line, including a rail link of 40 km 
• Managed the design of seven concrete main bridges, handling associated administrative procedures, geotechnical investigations and the execution of drawings approvals 
• Undertook the design and external control of more than 250 main bridges, as well as the design of two segments of earth and civil works including earthworks, access restoration, hydraulics and environmental work, and two railway connections for about 60 kilometers.
The outcomes for the client

Arcadis ensured the services were delivered on time, while integrating the optimizations that arose from discussions with the constructor and consultations with the local stakeholders and authorities. Delivering high quality on time within a challenging timeframe is a major goal for the purpose-built companies responsible for designing, building, operating and maintaining this new high-speed line. “Arcadis and VINCI have a long record of partnership and working with a good confidence level. Arcadis had been participating at tender phase in the public-private partnership offer led by VINCI. Participating in the design phase was decided already at tender stage.”

Outcomes

300 km

new high speed line between Tours and Bordeaux

250

bridges were controlled by Arcadis