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Railways expanded and improved in France

The first rail line of France was built in 1832. Today, France’s 30,000-plus-kilometer railway network is one of the largest in Western Europe.

The Reseau Ferre de France (RFF), which owns and operates the French railway network, commissioned Louis Berger to provide expert evaluations and planning for a variety of projects needed to extend the network.

Since 2001, Louis Berger has supported RFF with a broad range of technical services.  A few examples follow.

  • For the 425-kilometer Ligne a Grande Vitesse Rhin-Rhone, Louis Berger analyzed freight forecasts and railway capacity and reviewed environmental studies to ensure compliance with RFF specifications.
  • For the 240-kilometer high-speed rail line to service the Provence–Alpes–Cote d’Azur region, Louis Berger analyzed traffic studies to assess potential ridership, revenue and freight traffic; defined the project corridor; evaluated environmental impacts; and recommended project phasing.
  • To link the cities of Montpellier and Perpignan, RFF commissioned Louis Berger to review existing traffic forecasts, evaluate freight demand, assess environmental impacts and evaluate impacts to competing modes.
  • In the city of Lyon, RFF selected Louis Berger to assist in the planning and preliminary studies of a new 100-kilometer line to bypass the city center, review environmental and city regulations, obtain permits and manage a public outreach program.
  • RFF retained Louis Berger to assist in development of the 400-kilometer Lyon–Turin high-speed rail line connecting Lisbon with Kiev via a new 52-kilometer Alpine tunnel.