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With the opening of the A89, from Bordeaux to Lyon, the development of airlines to Paris, the United Kingdom and the Benelux countries, the improvement of rail links, in addition to the arrival of very high speed broadband, the Bergerac area firmly asserts its desire to unite territory of performance and quality of life with new challenges and development prospects for the economic actors

TER Aquitaine, Bordeaux – Sarlat

The Aquitaine Regional Council (transport organising authority), the SNCF (operator) and Rail Network of France (owner of the infrastructure) are partners in developing train travel.

Modernization of the line Libourne - Bergerac - Le Buisson - Sarlat

Significant funds are devoted to the regeneration of this line in the 2007-2013 State-Region Project Contract.
The objective of the work carried out in 2011-2012 is to eliminate slowdowns in order to increase the speed of the trains (100 km/h instead of 70 km/h and 90 km/h instead of 50 km/h on certain portions).

Gare de Bergerac

Modernization of Railway Stations and Stops

Operations completed or in progress:

Sainte Foy la Grande Train Station, delivered in 2008
Renovation of the passenger terminal building made accessible, parking improvements and making pedestrian traffic safe

Bergerac Train Station
New forecourt delivered in 2009, and renovation of the passenger terminal building in progress.

Buisson de Cadouin Train Station
Work on the passenger terminal building, delivered in autumn, 2011, work on the forecourt and surroundings to follow

Lalinde Train Station
Agreement signed for renovation of the passenger terminal building, work on improvements to the surroundings

Velines Stop
Agreement finalised for renovation of the stop and the surroundings

Establishment of the Timing Schedule

The gradual introduction of the timing scheduling (e.g., train at 8h15, 9h15, 10h15 ... ) will let more trains circulate in the future, on a more regular manner, and more legible for the travellers.

Source :
2009 Railroad Line Committee
2010 Railroad Line Committee

South Europe Atlantic High-Speed Line Project

The South Europe Atlantic High-Speed Line is a railway infrastructure construction project for the lines Tours-Bordeaux, Bordeaux-Toulouse, Bordeaux-Spain and Poitiers-Limoges.

This project is included in the Grenelle Environment Law, which provides for the implementation of 2,000 additional kilometres of railway lines by the year 2020.

The existing railway line is saturated, making it more and more difficult to share the line among the TGV, the TER and freight.

I. The LGV Project on the Tours-Bordeaux Line

Its objective is to bring the South-west closer to:
-Southern Europe, by the connection to the LGV Bordeaux-Spain as far as Madrid and the LGV Bordeaux-Toulouse
Northern Europe served by the TGV rail routes (London, Brussels, Amsterdam).

-and to encourage travellers using the road or airplane to prefer the train.

This infrastructure will make it possible to link Paris to Bordeaux in 2 hours 5 minutes, based on a commercial speed of 300 km/h, instead of 3 hours today. It will facilitate the movement of travellers and will improve the service to the cities located along the line.

The LGV SEA Tours-Bordeaux will have 340 km of new lines, including 302 km of high-speed line.

An increase in traffic is estimated at between 3.6 and 5 million additional passengers / year.

The project will release the existing line, with the expectation of increase in traffic for freight trains (+20% or 2.4 million tonnes / year) and for the Regional Express Train (+ 400 to 550,000 travellers / year).

The Timetable
The operational phase began in 2009-2011 (land acquisition, deforestation, preventive archaeology) and will continue from 2012 to 2016 with the work to achieve the infrastructure.

The LGV is programmed to be operational in 2017.

Source :
Department of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing
SEA Tours-Bordeaux Official Site
Official site of the South-West Grand Railway Project
Wikipedia Website Article

Very High-Speed Broadband: the Bergerac Area Responds to the Challenge

The digital development of the territory is a key issue for business activity in the Bergerac area.

The completion of high-speed coverage has been the subject of a departmental program, supported by the General Council of the Dordogne, says "NRA-ZO". Its purpose was to enable high-speed access to the areas not covered by ADSL.
Today, this program allows 99 per cent of the population of the Bergerac area to benefit from high-speed access. For the others, the General Council supports access by satellite for households and businesses.
To learn more

Fibre optiqueBut already, the Dordogne has turned its eyes toward the deployment of optical fibre and very high-speed access. The competitiveness of enterprises, public services and the new needs of the inhabitants will depend in the future of this equipment, for which the Dordogne and the Bergerac area in particular, are rather in advance in France.
In fact, supported by the Departmental Energy Association (CHI 24), the departmental schema is defined, and aims at equipping 100 % of the outlets. The Greater Bergerac Area will benefit from the first very high-speed broadband connections, within the framework of the European call for projects, of which it was the winner with the SDE
To learn more about the call for projects (in french)
SDE 24 website

Roads: an all-out Opening!

For 10 years, the Bergerac area has experienced a series of road improvements without precedent, facilitating access to it and opening it.

Opening of the highway A89 Bordeaux-Lyon: 2001
The Bergerac area is served by the interchanges of Montpon, Mussidan-Les Lèches,
Circumvention of Sainte-Foy la Grande: 2005
Direct access from Bergerac to the motorway interchange of Les Lèches: 2007
The development of the road D709 puts the centre of the city of Bergerac at 20 minutes from the motorway.
Completion of the eastern bypass of Bergerac (N21): 2010
This stretch has greatly facilitated north-south travel and "stimulated the areas of activities east of Bergerac.
Western bypass of Bergerac: will be placed in service in 2012
This last instalment of the bypass of the agglomeration will accelerate motorway access to the west and south of the Bergerac area.

Future projects

The Valley Road: Bergerac - Couze: to ease congestion and to make safer this heavily used, urbanized major road: starting in 2015

The Euro 21 from Limoges to the Pyrenees
The Association EURO 21 brings together the economic actors in five departments in order to achieve making the RN21 from Limoges to the Pyrénées into 2 x 2 lanes under private management. This axis crosses the Dordogne from north to south, linking, in particular, Perigueux to Bergerac and then to the Lot-et-Garonne.
The objectives:
-Open up the territories concerned,
Develop a European axis Paris – Saragossa - Madrid, including the central crossing of the Pyrenees by rail piggyback
Enhance road safety on one of France’s major roads with the most accidents
To learn more about Euro21

Affirmation of the Bergerac-Dordogne-Perigord Airport

In 2002, the city of Bergerac and the ICC decided to open the airport to international flights.
Since then, the number of people using the Bergerac - Dordogne – Périgord airport exploded, approaching 300,000 passengers a year.
Around 10 destinations are offered: Paris, London (Stansted and Gatwick), Brussels-Charleroi, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, etc. All destinations

In 2009, important work on the terminal made it possible to accommodate up to 400,000 passengers safely.

Today, the airport is managed by the Air Dordogne Joint Association, bringing together the General Council of the Dordogne, the Bergerac Purple Community of Communes and the ICC of the Dordogne.

This facility is an important asset for tourism development in the Bergerac area, a key to investors wishing to work in export and an opening toward Europe.

To learn more :
Our section devoted to the airport
The airport website