LGV Océane,

Two hours and four min­utes flat. As of July 2nd 2017 that’s the time it’ll take to be trans­ported from the ur­ban frenzy of Paris to the sun-drenched squares of Bordeaux

Bordeaux J'Adore - - Contents - CLARE O’HA­GAN

Com­ing soon to sta­tion near you . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

THE FORTH­COM­ING LGV OCÉANE TRAV­EL­LING AT UP TO 320KM PER HOUR will not only shave an hour and 10 min­utes’ from the cur­rent jour­ney time, but will make pas­sen­gers’ over­all ex­pe­ri­ence more palat­able. In first class, new er­gonomic seats will lie more than 10 de­grees flat­ter than those in the old trains. The seats are up­hol­stered in pure wool and soft leather, and have in-built ad­justable lum­ber sup­ports.

Once you’re well-rested you can get down to some se­ri­ous work. The seats re-cre­ate a minia­ture of­fice space in which your ev­ery need has been an­tic­i­pated. Juice-up your phone or tablet at your per­sonal usb charg­ing point, and hang your jacket in a push­but­ton cup­board just above you with no fear of wrin­kles!

When it comes to Wifi ac­cess, SNCF is proud to an­nounce it has sur­mounted the tech­no­log­i­cal ob­sta­cles to pro­vid­ing un­lim­ited con­nec­tiv­ity on a train trav­el­ling at over 300km/hr. De­liv­er­ing this ser­vice was no mean feat. SNCF worked with all the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vice providers along the line, and with the tele­coms reg­u­la­tor to en­hance ex­ist­ing net­works be­tween Paris and Lyon.

In the buf­fet car, de­signer Iona Vautrin’s pil­lar-box red ta­ble lamps are vi­brant and play­ful. The rest of the space is bright and airy, with curv­ing lines and a pleas­ing use of wood.

33 round trips a day will be sched­uled on the new train, car­ry­ing 35,000 pas­sen­gers. Bordeaux will in­evitably mush­room, as Parisiens in­creas­ingly de­cide that a 4-hour round trip to the Big Smoke for work is a rea­son­able daily com­mute in ex­change for liv­ing so close to the Bassin d’arcachon.

This line, along with 2 other lines to Toulouse and Bil­bao will mean the south­west is alot less iso­lated from the rest of France, and that Spain is alot closer. About a third of all re­gional jour­neys within France will be short­ened by 2019; quite an impressive stat!

Bordeaux’s mid 19th-cen­tury sta­tion, the gare St. Jean is un­der­go­ing an enor­mous over­haul in order to ac­com­mo­date these new lines. The ren­o­va­tion will spur a grand-scale re­gen­er­a­tion of the sur­round­ing ar­eas, Bè­gles, Belcier and Floirac. Watch this space – all are poised to be­come chic res­i­den­tial and busi­ness neigh­bour­hoods over the next few years. A new bridge over the Garonne will be com­pleted in 2018 pav­ing the way for three new lines of trans­port, link­ing the sta­tion quartier to the rest of the city.

PHOTO D.R.

The bar in the LGV Océane.

PHOTO D.R.

Lampe bar.

PHOTO D.R.

Seats in first class.

PHOTO D.R.

Con­fort in first class.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from France

© PressReader. All rights reserved.