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Almost 580 million euros released to renovate small railway lines

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Ensues gives it back on May 31, 2011 – The blue coast train that connects Marseille to Sausset via Ensues gives it back (photo) and Niolon – P.MAGNIEN / 20 MINUTES

This Monday, during a visit by Minister of Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebarri to Marseille, two agreements, for an amount of more than one billion euros in total, were signed to improve daily transport in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, whether on small rail lines or to relieve congestion on the road network.

The first of these agreements, both signed at the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur regional council, will allow 580 million euros to be committed for works and maintenance on 435 km of small railway lines: the line of the Côte Bleue, north-west of Marseille, and the services around the stars of Breil and Veynes, respectively in the Alpes-Maritimes and Hautes-Alpes.

“Avoid closure”

“Everything will therefore be done to avoid the closure of these lines essential to rural mobility”, insists the press release from the region about this convention ratified by the Minister Delegate in charge of Transport and LR president of the region Renaud Muselier.

The second agreement, signed between the minister, the region, the departments concerned and Vinci Autoroutes, provides for 460 million euros of work to remove recurring congestion points from the regional road network.

These 13 projects will make it possible in particular to create motorway interchanges and half-interchanges, in order to facilitate connections between territories, notably around Sophia-Antipolis (Alpes-Maritimes), Luc (Var) or Orange (Vaucluse).

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