Alpine South Corridor Phase II – France

The railway lines linking the conurbations of Valence, Grenoble and Chambéry constitute what is commonly called the “South Alpine Arc”. Phase II of the project consists of electrification of the lines between St-Marcel lès Valence and Moirans, connection of the line to the HSL (South operation) and electrification of the lines between Gières and Montmélian (North operation).

The consortium (ALSTOM – Representative, SPIE BTP, COLAS RAIL, NOUVETRA and SETEC) is working on the South operation in the frame of a design and construction contract. The 80-kilometre line runs along the terraces of the Isère Valley and cuts through a few rocky outcrops, which justified the drilling of three tunnels (Têche, Poliénas and Rochefort).

As part of this project, TERRASOL, within SETEC’s integrated Project Management team, participated in the project design and in the works supervision:

  • line electrification (catenary, line substations, construction of a new substation);
  • railway line connection to Valence HSL station (3.5 km of new line, 1 road bridge, civil engineering and track works);
  • demolition of 6 standard structures, construction of 4 road bridges and 2 railway bridges;
  • clearance upgrade for the 3 tunnels of the line: a thorough sensitivity analysis on various parameters was performed during the design phase using finite element calculations for the Têche tunnel, and instrumentation equipment was installed during construction to monitor displacements.
  • tunnels and on the external walls following grouting and excavation works on the central platform;
  • installation of noise barriers in urban areas (≈ 6.4 km).

The works started in 2012, and the line was opened in December 2013, with electric train services starting in 2014.

Terrasol’s achievements:

  • Geotechnical part of the Project Management
  • Works follow-up on site
PERIOD :  2010 - 2014
Owner : RFF
General Contractor : Groupement Alstom Transport (Leader), Colas Rail, Spie Batignolles TPCI, Nouvetra, Setec
Project manager : SETEC
Main specifications :  

  • Railway line: 80 km
  • 3 masonry tunnels (170 m, 780 m & 234 m)
  • 8 engineering structures to replace