“50 trains a day”
The general manager of the company Alain Getraud wants to make better use of the South Europe Atlantic high-speed line (Tours-Bordeaux) opened in 2017 which, according to him, is “a superb infrastructure, but with a service considered insufficient by the territories it crosses” . It provides for “50 trains per day”, with timetables allowing easy connections with regional trains and affordable prices: “about the same price as a Ouigo ticket (the low-cost TGV)”.
On the financial side, Alain Getraud has been confident since Crédit Mutuel Arkéa and Crédit Agricole entered the capital, “to finance the operation and allow it to go as far as exploitation”. Discreet on the amount of fundraising, “several million”, he evokes “a whole financial arsenal” which will allow him in particular to buy trains.
The Train first wants to buy ten second-hand trains from the SNCF. Undoubtedly TGV Atlantique on a single level, a “slightly old” and “retrofitted” material, not to say retyped. The company has already launched the recruitment of drivers and on-board staff.
Toulouse and the Basque Country
A second phase of development is in the cards for 2026 with an increase in frequencies on the first links and extensions to Toulouse and the Basque Country.