Direct London to Bordeaux train route planned for 2020

A direct high speed railway that would take passengers from London to Bordeaux in under five hours could be in operation by 2020, according to the chief executive of the HS1 rail network.

At present, rail travellers to Bordeaux have to change trains in Paris. The current Paris route takes 5h 25m, including a 1h 05m connection in Paris when travelling from London to Bordeaux.

The current return connection in Paris takes 6h 26m, with a longer 1h 55m connection in Paris, owing to the need to pass through border and security controls.

This new direct service would cut journey times to less than five hours in both directions, through a direct route and security controls located in Bordeaux, with trains reaching speeds of up to 200mph between the two cities.

The proposed route bypasses Paris and takes advantage of a newly completed 302km French high-speed rail line linking the French town of Tours with Bordeaux.

“As we’ve seen with the recent introduction of the Eurostar London-Amsterdam service, there’s a real demand for international train services to provide a comfortable and better-connected service, especially for leisure journeys,” said Dyan Crowther, chief executive of HS1 Ltd.

“This is the first time that railway operators have collaborated in this way and saves the train operator having to do a lot of legwork. The route is almost ready for a train operator to turn up and turn the key as soon as the UK and French Governments agree on border controls.

“With the right commitment, we could be looking at new services in the next couple of years. The service will take passengers direct from city centre to city centre, taking the hassle out of travel to South West France.”

HS1 Ltd, the owner and operator of High Speed 1, is in advanced planning with three other international railway operators along the proposed route, and is working on pre-planned timetable slots and train routes, meaning that a new international train operator will be able to get the route up and running in “a couple of years”.

The four railway operators along the proposed route (HS1 Ltd, Lisea, Eurotunnel and SNCF Réseau) will meet in Bordeaux on the 25 April 2018 to discuss developing a Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean station, to facilitate international departures.

One Response to “Direct London to Bordeaux train route planned for 2020”

  1. CJ says:

    “The route is almost ready for a train operator to turn up and turn the key as soon as the UK and French Governments agree on border controls.” So, more like 2030 then…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Manager

The Drinks Business
London, UK

Assistant Brand Manager

Swallow Associates Ltd
Kings Langley, UK

Brand Manager

Swallow Associates
Kings Langley, UK

Sales Business Development Executive

Champers Wholesale Ltd.
London, UK

HR Co-ordinator

Liberty Wines
London, UK

Director of Sales

Gulf Brands International
Bahrain

Head of Trade Marketing

Lanson International UK Ltd
London W1

Customer Development Manager

Love Drinks
London, UK

Junior Brand Manager x2

Enotria&Coe
London, UK

Events Co-ordinator

Liberty Wines
London, UK

Champagne Masterclass

London,United Kingdom
10th Sep 2018

Cape Wine 2018

Cape Town,South Africa
12th Sep 2018

Bourgogne Masterclass

Brighton ,United Kingdom
18th Sep 2018
Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2018

Deadline : 15th August 2018

The Global Beer Competition

Deadline : 15th August 2018

Click to view more

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters.

Click to view more