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Parliamentary questions
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28 June 2018
Question for written answer E-003577-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marie-Christine Arnautu (ENF)

 Subject:  Future of the Lyon-Turin tunnel
 Answer in writing 

There are still uncertainties about the future of the Lyon-Turin tunnel, which is to 40% financed by the European Union by 2020. The towns of Grenoble and Turin have withdrawn their support and the new Italian Government wishes to rediscuss the project.

On the French side, the government — after a reflection period over the summer of 2017 — confirmed that it wanted the works to continue. However, the French Court of Auditors estimated that the total cost of the tunnel would come to EUR 26 billion, and in February 2018 the infrastructure steering board issued a report for the government in which it recommended that the development of secondary access roads be put back to 2038.

Given that the construction of the tunnel, whose European dimension is systematically being promoted, is still controversial, but that the construction of the tunnel has already begun, can the Commission say:
1. Why is the existing railway line, which was modernised in the 2000s, still underused (20 trains per day as against 120 in the 1980s), while the volume of road freight between the two countries is on the rise?
2. Why is it still supporting the project when current traffic levels and estimates suggest that the new line will be loss-making?
3. How much funding will be granted for the construction of the tunnel after 2020?
Original language of question: FR 
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