Rounding Lyon, France with high-speed rail thanks to 24/7 project management

6 June 2012

Crossing the mountains by any means is a real feat. But constructing a high-speed rail link that bypasses a major French city, ensuring direct access from Paris to Provence, calls for project specifications based on high-tech solutions and reactive service! LafargeHolcim played a key role in ensuring quality concrete and on-time delivery on this stretch of railway in the heart of the French Alps.


The Rhône-Alpes high-speed rail line (LGV) spans 115 km but the distance only tells one side of the story. Its construction faced numerous technical challenges due to the treacherous terrain across the French Alps. Between 1992 and 1994, the LGV entered into service section by section, and includes 10 viaducts and four tunnels with total lengths of 4.5 and 5.3 km respectively.

LafargeHolcim supplied over 280,000 m3 of high quality concrete in total on the project, accompanied by our industry-leading know-how, flexibility and 24/7 availability to meet client expectations. As a result, we were able to effectively manage and optimize project logistics for the general contractor, Bouygues Construction, thanks to our network of permanent mixing plants that ran the length of the entire worksite, mobile mixing plants and teams available around the clock.

Paris and the south of France are now connected at high speed!

LGV, French Alps