The project of new crossing of the Pyrenees EUROPEAN POSITIONING

The European Commission has set a reference framework for Franco-Spanish connections, defined through the major corridors designated as the axes of development of European networks. The main objective of this reference scheme at European level is to establish key links needed to facilitate rail transport in Europe, to optimize the capacity of existing infrastructures, to produce specifications for a future interoperable network, and to integrate this reasoning In an environmental dimension. These priority objectives are set out in Decision No 1692/96 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, as amended by Decision No 884/2004 / EC of 29 April 2004 on “ Community guidelines for the development of trans-European transport networks”. At the Franco-Spanish summit on 10 January 2008, the French and Spanish ministers responsible for transport set out more precisely the action plan and timetable for the New Trans-Pyrenees High-Railway Axis (NTP HRA) of the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) and included in the French and Spanish strategic plans.. The project, now called the New Trans-Pyrenees High Railway Axis, is mentioned in Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on the guidelines of the Union for Development Of the trans-European transport network and repealing Decision No 661/2010 / EU. As such, the project is part of the “global network” of the trans-European transport network (Comprehensive network), both for the transport of passengers and goods. Its production horizon is 2050.