At the inauguration of the LGV Paris-Rennes, on the 1st of July, the president of the Republic Emmanuel Macron has said that the priority of his five-year term, in terms of infrastructure, would be given to the “transport of the daily” and not for large-scale projects. A law on the orientation of the mobilities should see the light of day in the first half of 2018.
“The dream of the next five years should not be a big new project like this one.” This is what was stated, in particular, Emmanuel Macron at the inauguration, on July 1, 2017, the high-speed line Paris-Rennes. “The fight I want to engage in for years to come, it is the one of transport in the everyday life, it is that of the mobility priority in my eyes”, he also pointed out. “The infrastructure that is essential to our business are not sufficiently maintained. […] We will commit to fund all renewals of infrastructure, the spread in time, to do so in an organized, orchestrated, giving visibility to all stakeholders.” A clear message sent to the world of infrastructure.
What will be the extent of the financing plan ? The president has declined the calendar, with the national conference of the territories, which will be held on 17 July 2017, and then the foundation of the mobility in September. “I wish to reach as well as of the first half of 2018 a law of orientation of mobility that will bring finally some concrete answers to situations that we do not have too long left to continue”,- he said.
“The ability to articulate the mobilities”
The idea is to focus less on large projects, and more on the adoption of a new way of thinking about modes of transport in relation to each other. “The value of the SNCF, today, it is the intelligence, women and men, it is the aware intimate the capacity of all those who travel in our country, the ability to articulate the mobility between a high-speed train, an express train, regional, and urban transport, the bike, the car…”
Emmanuel Macron has taken to citing the work of the member of parliament Philippe Duron, which has produced several reports on the infrastructure (in particular in 2013 and in 2015). As a reminder, he called on the government to care about the condition of the existing, rather than focusing on the new projects. The roadmap of the new president seems to be in line with these recommendations.