Paris & Bruxelles, 8th September 2020
The election of Grégory Doucet to the Lyon City Council has raised a number of concerns following his declarations against the completion of the Lyon-Turin rail line, which was initiated in 2012.
Indeed, last July, the new Mayor of Lyon, who has no prerogative on the subject, wanted the project to be stopped. Perhaps it would be necessary to remind him that the tunnel is already largely built and that to stop it now would mean wasting time and money… for nothing.
A decision that would be incomprehensible to the Court of Auditors of the European Union, which already announced last June that the chronic delays in the completion of the line had generated significant additional costs.
This is no longer the time for sterile political conflicts. Sandro Gozi and Christophe di Pompeo call on all stakeholders to give massive support to this project so that it can be completed as soon as possible.
As a reminder, the historical line dates back to the 19th century and is no longer at all suitable to meet the challenges of our century.
Road traffic transiting across our borders has increased by 16% between 2013 and 2016, and raising the level of transport infrastructure is a matter of urgency, both in environmental and economic terms.
In addition to halving the journey time between Rome and Turin for passengers, the project is in line with the ambition of the European Green Deal to relieve congestion in the Alpine valleys, which are today completely asphyxiated by the passage of lorries. With this new line, one million heavy goods vehicles would be switched from road to rail each year to pass from France to Italy.
In this sense, Sandro Gozi and Christophe di Pompeo would like to support and welcome the continuation of the work started this summer, which should, in the long term, make it possible to :
- Better connect the European networks to each other
- Relieve congestion on the road networks and breathe new life into the Alpine valleys.
- Densifying exchanges between France and Italy
- Significantly reduce travel time between Lyon and Turin for all users of the line.
Député au Parlement européen
Renaissance | Renew Europe
Christophe di Pompeo
Député du Nord
Président du Groupe d’amitié France-Italie