Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) has selected an Icade-led group to develop the new "Montpellier - Sud de France" TGV station through a public-private partnership (PPP) project.
The station is scheduled for delivery in the 4th quarter of 2017 and will be a multimodal exchange centre in the Odysséum district. It is located on the new high-speed line running between Nîmes and Montpellier.
The architects, Marc Mimram and Emmanuel Nebout, and EGIS, are the main project contractors, the construction companies in charge are Fondeville and INEO-AXIMA, and the maintenance supplier is COFELY Services.
The partnership contract between the project owner and the RFF will be signed at end-2014 for a 15-year period.
The project is part of the Contournement Nîmes-Montpellier, a high-speed railway project, bypassing the cities of Nîmes and Montpellier in southern France. The line is planned for mixed-use, by both TGV trains and freight, connecting to the LGV Méditerranée and extending it southwest towards the LGV Perpignan-Figueres.
The main line will be 60 km long, plus a 10 km connection to rail freight lines West of the Rhone river, and three more spurs connecting to existing railways at Jonquières, Lattes, and Manduel.