Bordeaux Saint-Jean

1994

Bordeaux Saint-Jean,
an isolated station
in a devalued area

Built in 1898 in an economic area on the outskirts of the city, the monumental station of Bordeaux has been enclosed over the years by a depreciating suburban neighbourhood and industrial wasteland. To the west of the station, the Saint-Jean district is congested with traffic and classed as a priority. To the east, there are no less than 250 hectares of industrial wasteland and warehouses. These two districts have nevertheless been linked (…)

1994

Bordeaux Saint-Jean,
an isolated station
in a devalued area

Built in 1898 in an economic area on the outskirts of the city, the monumental station of Bordeaux has been enclosed over the years by a depreciating suburban neighbourhood and industrial wasteland. To the west of the station, the Saint-Jean district is congested with traffic and classed as a priority. To the east, there are no less than 250 hectares of industrial wasteland and warehouses. These two districts have nevertheless been linked up since 1992 via a rather grim passageway under the station.

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2004

Tram to the future

The arrival of the tram in 2004 changed everything. The station was linked to the rest of the city at long last thanks to tramline C, thus opening it up. Between 2014 and 2015 an increase in usage of 6% was observed, and in 2016, 86 million journeys were made. Alain Juppé, elected mayor of Bordeaux in 1995, is at the origin of this success. He is a champion of this innovative mode of transport designed to drive cars out of the city.

2004

Tram to the future

The arrival of the tram in 2004 changed everything. The station was linked to the rest of the city at long last thanks to tramline C, thus opening it up. Between 2014 and 2015 an increase in usage of 6% was observed, and in 2016, 86 million journeys were made. Alain Juppé, elected mayor of Bordeaux in 1995, is at the origin of this success. He is a champion of this innovative mode of transport designed to drive cars out of the city.

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2010

The beginning of a revival

After the arrival of the tram, the city of Bordeaux decided to redesign the station forecourt. Brochet Lajus Pueyo agency designed a 380 m² awning, constructed by Eiffage, and 14 lighting columns, entrusted to Spie Sud Ouest. The revival was contagious around the station: the 1970s blocks of flats gave way to new housing projects, and the brasseries around the station re-opened, refurbished, two to three years later, including (…)

2010

The beginning of a revival

After the arrival of the tram, the city of Bordeaux decided to redesign the station forecourt. Brochet Lajus Pueyo agency designed a 380 m² awning, constructed by Eiffage, and 14 lighting columns, entrusted to Spie Sud Ouest. The revival was contagious around the station: the 1970s blocks of flats gave way to new housing projects, and the brasseries around the station re-opened, refurbished, two to three years later, including the historical brasserie Le Levant.

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2012

Paris-Bordeaux in 2h05:
a railway line of economic thrust

A time saving of 30% to 40% on journeys from Paris to other areas of the Aquitaine region: that is the promise of the future high-speed railway line. The launch of the project is therefore increasing the economic attractiveness of the station’s region, city, and neighbourhood. Thus the decision to create a business district, Euratlantique, in place of the wasteland behind the station, financed by a recognised operation of national (…)

2012

Paris-Bordeaux in 2h05:
a railway line of economic thrust

A time saving of 30% to 40% on journeys from Paris to other areas of the Aquitaine region: that is the promise of the future high-speed railway line. The launch of the project is therefore increasing the economic attractiveness of the station’s region, city, and neighbourhood. Thus the decision to create a business district, Euratlantique, in place of the wasteland behind the station, financed by a recognised operation of national interest. Before that, SNCF Réseau must remove the rail bottleneck. An 11-year project to double the tracks over 5 km will equip Bordeaux with a network capable of accommodating the LGV high-speed railway line and of supporting the development of TER regional trains and freight.

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2014

The station gets a new look

With revitalisation of the neighbourhood in mind, SNCF Réseau set to work to renovate Bordeaux train station. In 2014 restoration started on the station’s historical glass roof, one of the largest in Europe. A true technical feat, this renovation required 4 years’ work, a budget of 52 million euros, 3 000 tonnes of scaffolding, and the involvement of 25 different trades. In parallel, the forecourt canopies were renovated in 2015, with station halls 1 (…)

2014

The station gets a new look

With revitalisation of the neighbourhood in mind, SNCF Réseau set to work to renovate Bordeaux train station. In 2014 restoration started on the station’s historical glass roof, one of the largest in Europe. A true technical feat, this renovation required 4 years’ work, a budget of 52 million euros, 3 000 tonnes of scaffolding, and the involvement of 25 different trades. In parallel, the forecourt canopies were renovated in 2015, with station halls 1 and 2 being completely refurbished in May 2016 in order to ease traveller movement, increase comfort, and accommodate new shopping facilities.

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  • WAKS, F., L’esprit d’une gare – Bordeaux Saint-Jean, 2017

2017

Extension of the station
on the Belcier side:
how the east was won

With the construction of hall 3 and the forecourt on the eastern side of the original building, Saint-Jean station is equipped with a new multimodal transport centre. It serves all means of transport, giving priority to soft mobility, thus facilitating access to all other areas of the city. As for the passenger building, it is home to 1800 m2 of shops that open out to both the station and the neighbourhood. It is therefore the start of an urban (…)

2017

Extension of the station
on the Belcier side:
how the east was won

With the construction of hall 3 and the forecourt on the eastern side of the original building, Saint-Jean station is equipped with a new multimodal transport centre. It serves all means of transport, giving priority to soft mobility, thus facilitating access to all other areas of the city. As for the passenger building, it is home to 1800 m2 of shops that open out to both the station and the neighbourhood. It is therefore the start of an urban reconquest of the industrial wasteland. In addition to the station refurbishment and the building of the new extension, is the renovation of the passageway under the station. Hall 3 becomes a real link between Bordeaux city centre and Euratlantique.

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2018

A reinforced link between
east and west

The Marc Mimram Ingénierie-Artélia association was selected for the construction of La Palombe bridge, the 8th road bridge of the city. At 196m wide, it will span the railway tracks and enable reinforcement of the link between the west district and the new, fast-growing district. A metal structure representing “open eyes” separates the pedestrian and cycle lanes from automobile traffic.

2018

A reinforced link between
east and west

The Marc Mimram Ingénierie-Artélia association was selected for the construction of La Palombe bridge, the 8th road bridge of the city. At 196m wide, it will span the railway tracks and enable reinforcement of the link between the west district and the new, fast-growing district. A metal structure representing “open eyes” separates the pedestrian and cycle lanes from automobile traffic.

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2019

Traffic around the station:
the end of congestion

Redevelopment of the Guit bridge in 2016 was the first step towards smoother traffic flow around the station. In effect the new lane built under the structure is intended as a link between the new 850-space car park on the Belcier side of the station, and the second 750-space car park, to be completed at the end of 2018. In 2019, road traffic around the station should therefore flow better, which will help to make the area more pleasant. (…)

2019

Traffic around the station:
the end of congestion

Redevelopment of the Guit bridge in 2016 was the first step towards smoother traffic flow around the station. In effect the new lane built under the structure is intended as a link between the new 850-space car park on the Belcier side of the station, and the second 750-space car park, to be completed at the end of 2018. In 2019, road traffic around the station should therefore flow better, which will help to make the area more pleasant. As for pedestrians and cyclists, they will benefit from dedicated lanes on the Guit bridge.

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2030

Euratlantique: construction
of a European-scale business hub

Decided in 2009 and launched in 2014, the construction of the Euratlantique business district should attract some 30 000 jobs in the digital and high-end service sectors. The Caisse D’Epargne Aquitaine bank (450 employees) set up its head office there in January 2017. Over 80% of the space in this future digital city (…)

2030

Euratlantique: construction
of a European-scale business hub

Decided in 2009 and launched in 2014, the construction of the Euratlantique business district should attract some 30 000 jobs in the digital and high-end service sectors. The Caisse D’Epargne Aquitaine bank (450 employees) set up its head office there in January 2017. Over 80% of the space in this future digital city has already been sold. With this business hub, linked to Paris in two hours, London in four, and potentially Barcelona in six hours, the regional capital is vying for a position of European metropolis.

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2031

Bordeaux Saint-Jean,
a new geographic
and symbolic position

The creation of the Euratlantique district and the ambition to link it as efficiently as possible to the rest of the city put Saint-Jean station at the heart of the new Bordeaux dynamic. The station, which was originally far out from the rest of the city, is now at the centre of the new Bordeaux. It is at the core of the economic and demographic revitalisation of the city, which should soon see it take on the role of city centre.

2031

Bordeaux Saint-Jean, a new geographic and symbolic position

The creation of the Euratlantique district and the ambition to link it as efficiently as possible to the rest of the city put Saint-Jean station at the heart of the new Bordeaux dynamic. The station, which was originally far out from the rest of the city, is now at the centre of the new Bordeaux. It is at the core of the economic and demographic revitalisation of the city, which should soon see it take on the role of city centre.