Works at Cahors station and a new wagon for train circulation and user safety

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No postponement error, you are on the right article if you want to be informed about the major works in progress at Cahors station for the needs of the Paris-Orléans-Limoge-Toulouse line. Rails, sleepers… it all goes to have punctual and uninterrupted trains in the middle of the journey.

Renewing 2.5 kilometers of track and 6 switches by applying the replacement of rails, sleepers and ballast is not a matter that can be solved in two days. This site, placed under maximum security, is expected at Cahors station until July 13 and take advantage of this long weekend in May, including the Ascension bridge, to progress by carrying out large-scale works.

These inevitably lead to an interruption of rail traffic from this Thursday 18 May and until Sunday 21 May. These disruptions and traffic disruptions affect the Toulouse-Montauban, Toulouse-Agen and Toulouse-Cahors-Brive lines.

No trains on 19 and 20 May

The line between Toulouse and Brive will instead be completely interrupted on 19 and 20 May. Finally, the SNCF announces that “the circulation of LiO trains will be adapted between Montauban, Cahors and Brive from Saturday 27 May to Monday 29 May and maintained between Toulouse and Montauban”.

The construction of Cahors station has begun without disturbing users.
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During these periods of work there will be a replacement by the coaches. This with a limited number of seats. For trains with compulsory reservation, TGV and Intercités, the journeys offered take into account these adapted transport plans as soon as ticket sales open.

On the station platform, users have their say

Yesterday near the Cahors SNCF station and from the station hall, users who witnessed this infamous transformation did not hesitate to comment on this work, already imagining what could change in their daily lives. Some of them take the train and their patience every day to get to work in Brive, Montauban or Toulouse. Their opinions fluctuate between concern and hope for better traffic.

The daily life of users changes a bit, with fewer trains during construction.

The daily life of users changes a bit, with fewer trains during construction.
Photo MDD

“I have been taking the train here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 3 years for my job as an accountant which I carry out in Toulouse. I often start the job on the train because it is very often stopped when there are accidents on the tracks or a particular technical problem. This makes me made me late for work a few times. I count on the work in progress to improve traffic conditions and have a reliable service”, launches Benoît Dariet who was waiting for his train at the station platform yesterday with an eye on the work in progress.

Not much activity though. Only a team dedicated to the safety of users near the works mingled with passengers waiting for their train.

“Everything looks old on this line, it’s not very reassuring”

Stéphanie, a psychology student in Toulouse, has the same legitimate hopes as Benoît, the accountant. “We can clearly see that the sleepers and the entries need to be refurbished. Everything looks old on this line, it’s not very safe. Sometimes the train slows down for a long time in Montauban. Then we are told that it is for the safety of the passengers,” he says the young woman.

An exhibition to present the new trains

The trains will also be modernized. On the initiative of the Ministry of Transport and the SNCF, an exhibition of models of future Oxygène trains for the Paris-Toulouse and Paris-Clermont-Ferrant lines will be presented on the Limoges-Expo site from Tuesday 24 May to Monday 29 May from 10am at 20:00 Don’t miss this miniature train, no others will pass by.

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