The Lyon area: a rail transport hub
Lyon has 3 railway stations, providing rapid connections with the major European cities:
- Marseille (1 hr 40 mins)
- Montpellier (1 hr 45 mins)
- Nantes (4 hrs 20 mins)
- Barcelone (4 hrs)
- Brussels (3 hrs 45 mins)
- Turin (4 hrs 30 mins)
- Frankfurt (6 hrs)
Lyon Part-Dieu railway station
The Part-Dieu station is located in the business district of the same name. It is a major station in terms of the regional, national and European railway networks. The Part-Dieu district acts as a substantial Multimodal Transport Hub, with a concentration of different modes of transport (trains, public urban and interurban transport, 2-wheel vehicles, cars, taxis and pedestrians). The Part-Dieu station acts as a veritable gateway to the city of Lyon and the rest of the region with 150 high-speed TGV trains and 125,000 passengers passing through it daily. There are 30 return trips to Paris a day (every 30 minutes at rush hour), which take just 1 hour and 50 minutes and a Eurostar train taking passengers to London in under 5 hours.
A project to make the station more open
Initially, the station was built to serve 35,000 users a day and the main hall is now no longer able to cope with the growing numbers of travellers. Partners working on the redevelopment project have carried out studies forecasting that by 2030 the station will have over 220,000 users a day, with nearly 300,000 arrivals and departures by public transport.
One of the project’s main objectives is to double the surface area in the arrivals and departures hall (from 15,000 sq. m. to 33,000 sq. m.). The project also aims to reorganise the space within the station to facilitate connections and movement. A twelfth platform will be added to provide a solution for rising traffic levels.
In order to facilitate intermodality and to create a lively space full of services for users, the project will provide for the logical and fluid integration of the bus station, various types of urban public transport, bicycle and taxi stations, parks for 2-wheel motorised vehicles and short and long stay car parks around the railway station.
The project will be rolled out in two phases between 2017 and 2028.
The project’s partners:
- Greater Lyon is the contracting authority for the public spaces and roads
- SNCF Gares&Connexions (part of the SNCF French rail company, created in 2009 for the management and development of French stations) is the contracting authority for the station
- SNCF Réseau (or SNCF Network) is the contracting authority for the platforms, platform access and for the railway lines
- The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, the general Council for the Rhône, the general Council for Isère, Sytral and the City of Lyon in partnership with the French government.
The Perrache railway station is one of the three main stations in Lyon, together with the Part-Dieu and Saint-Exupéry stations, and over 320 trains depart from it daily carrying 25,000 travellers. In total, 100,000 people pass through Perrache every day and the figure is likely to rise to 200,000 by 2030.
The station operates as a link between Lyon’s city centre and the Lyon Confluence district and it is currently the focus of an ambitious project that aims to modernise the area, simplify access and facilitate transit through the multimodal hub. The project will make the station more user-friendly and tree-lined and will open it up to the city.
The Lyon Saint Exupéry TGV (high-speed train) station
The eponymous Lyon Saint Exupery TGV station is located within the airport. The station was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava Valls and represents a steel bird taking flight. Saint Exupery TGV station is the only station in France other than Roissy to be located within an international airport. In 2015, it was used by 1,138,530 travellers.
The high-speed TGV trains serve 24 city destinations in France and Italy. Lyon Saint Exupéry TGV station provides links to Paris (Gare de Lyon station), cities in the Rhône-Alpes region (Grenoble, Chambéry, Annecy, Aix-les-Bains, Modane, Montélimar, and Valence), and Provence (Arles, Avignon, Miramas, Orange and Marseille). The rail links primarily aim to provide connections to flights. Furthermore, the station also provides daily return TGV train services to Turin and Milan via Chambéry and Modane.