An operating study to relaunch the train between Dreux and Chartres

A few years earlier, the subject would have aroused skepticism, even laughter. To be convinced of this, it suffices to come back to the wave of skepticism and even reactions of rejection caused by the development of a rail link between Chartres and Orléans, an idea taken up by the Center Region for an ongoing development.

Today, against the backdrop of energy transition and carbon footprint, it is still a question of reviving railways, but on the Dreux-Chartres section.

The direct train traces a historic line between Chartres and Tours

Elected officials favorable to the project

The hypothesis of seeing trains running between Dreux and Chartres is almost a consensus. Christophe Le Dorven (LR), now president of the Departmental Council, took steps in this direction during his cantonal campaign. Since then, it has gained ground and can count on the support of the deputy LR Olivier Marleix and the president of the Agglo de Dreux, Gérard Sourisseau (DVD), to support the project.

In this spirit, Olivier Marleix is ​​happy to promote a very documented study carried out within the users’ committee of the Paris-Argentan-Granville line. Coordinated by a retired engineer, Christian Canac, the aforementioned study presents “an outline of the economic results of the Chartres-Dreux rail services.

The new Montparnasse station in pictures

Three scenarios under study

The Dreux-Chartres section which was a section of the Rouen-Orléans line ceased to be operated in 1971 when it connected the two main towns of Eure-et-Loir, in just under an hour with nine intermediate stops. But the structure was not dismantled so far. Two sections at each end survived for freight. The study reminds us of this opportunely. “Loaders of convoys in“ complete trains ”used them until the disappearance of their activities or changes in their transport logistics. On the Dreux side, the line was even electrified as far as Aunay-sous-Crécy (8 km) “.

The train project between La Loupe and Senonches on track

The study is based on hypotheses on the 2020 level of transport exchanges between Chartres and Dreux. It is based on framing data where “the correlation of the attractiveness of a rail service with the number of frequencies it offers, is based on user practices observed in cases of similar regional services in France or in France. ‘foreigner”. The document reports an average level of 19,200 trips specific to traffic between Chartres and Dreux, deducted from the total daily average traffic of vehicles using the RN 154 estimated at 23,500 passengers in 2022.

Stops in Aunay-sous-Crécy and Saint-Sauveur-Châteauneuf

In the three scenarios proposed, the missions observe two intermediate commercial stops in Saint-Sauveur-Châteauneuf and in Aunay-sous-Crécy-Tréon.

The first stop is justified because of the middle position from Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais, the most important intermediate town of the line, the second because of a proximity to Dreux so that the line is useful for small towns located to the south-west of the capital of the arrondissement.

In order to maintain an attractive journey time, the link does not go beyond two intermediate stops. The study relies on services organized in timing (two trains per hour for the most part) with a journey time varying between 29 and 34 minutes. The railcars would be in correspondence with bus lines. One scenario provides for the doubling of the track on part of the route.

Parliamentary return: the priority files of the deputy for Dreux

The average price of a full fare trip over a distance of 43 km is € 9, bringing the average price of a trip to € 3.75.

“The economic reports of the operation show deficits which are not exorbitant. We could also imagine a solution with a less ambitious model. Perhaps with an autonomous system. As it stands, studies will be needed. complementary to the initiative of the Region or the Department, under rural development “, insists Olivier Marleix.

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