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The Metropolis of Lyon will enter the capital of Railcoop to the tune of 80,000 euros, while the City of Lyon has voted a participation of up to 20,000 euros, these two communities declared on January 26.
Railcoop, a cooperative society of collective interest, “has nearly 13,700 members and a share capital of more than 5.6 million euros”, they recalled. The company has postponed the launch of the Bordeaux-Lyon line to a date that has not yet been specified, in search of funds to be able to buy and then renovate the necessary trains.
According to the Metropolis and the City of Lyon, Railcoop has raised “nearly 5.8 million euros in participating securities”, a “fundraising still in progress”. “Beyond the financial support, this dual commitment aims to raise awareness and credibility of a rail project of general interest: the relaunch of a cross-sectional passenger link Bordeaux-Lyon via Limoges”, underline the two communities.
Two daily round trips
The small company, based in the Lot, intends to offer two round trips per day between Bordeaux, Périgueux, Limoges, Montluçon, Roanne and Lyon, in around 7:30 am, resuscitating a transverse link abandoned by the SNCF in 2014. The price of he call for this trip is expected to cost around 42 euros, a rate which will certainly change according to inflation between now and the launch of the line.
It is currently possible to connect Bordeaux to Lyon by TGV with a connection in Paris or Massy TGV, in less than five hours for certain journeys, but at prices that can sometimes exceed 200 euros for a one-way ticket. Railcoop has already been running freight trains since last November between Viviez-Decazeville (Aveyron) and Saint-Jory (Haute-Garonne).
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