Nîmes and Montpellier rail bypass

AVssistance to the project owner concerning the Fauna and Flora issues related to the High Speed Line project

The Nîmes and Montpellier bypass, declared of public interest on 16th May 2005, is intended for high-speed goods transport (freight) and passenger transport.  The basis of the programme of which the Nîmes and Montpellier rail bypass forms part is the decision by the Minister for Infrastructure of 13th March 2000.

This programme constitutes an important link between the Iberian peninsula and the rest of Europe. It enables the rail transport capacity for goods to be increased and the national and international services for passenger transport to be consolidated. The Nîmes and Montpellier bypass will also enable capacity to be freed up on the existing infrastructure, which will allow significant development of the regional express transport to the east of Montpellier.

Our objectives for that mission were to anticipate and integrate all the fauna-flora constraints into the conduct of the project, to produce the necessary regulatory files and to assist the company LTF with all its procedures.  We thus carried out ecological inventories, anticipated and drew up avoidance, reduction and conservation measures, produced the files for the CNPN (National Council for Nature Protection) exemption application and updated the Natura 2000 impact assessment.