SNCF has said it will go ahead with the Voie Ferrée Centre Europe Atlantique (VFCEA) project having reviewed the feedback from an extensive public consultation.
The VFCEA scheme includes upgrading and electrifying the existing Nevers-Chagny line and constructing a spur to a new interchange station in Le Creusot, which will connect TER services to the LGV Sud-Est.
The project had been subject to a public consultation run by France’s Commission on Public Debate (CPDP), which examines major infrastructure schemes.
SNCF Réseau said the project, which it estimates will cost €560 million, will improve the connection between Dijon and Nevers for both passenger and freight users.
One of the key components of the project will be the electrification of 160 km of railway between Nevers and Chagny. A new 5-6 km will also be built at Le Creusot to link the Nevers-Chagny line to the LGV Sud-Est