INVESTING TO PROTECT AND MODERNISE

Maintenance, safety and development

APRR invests in the network to protect the assets entrusted to the Group and address future mobility needs. APRR improves travelling conditions for customers not only by carrying out everyday maintenance and servicing, but also by building new developments.

Between 2006 and 2011, APRR invested €2,400 million building new links and modernising existing infrastructures. Between 2013 and 2015, APRR allocated €713 million in funding for network development works.
APRR has agreed to invest €500 million over the period 2014-2018 under the terms of planning contracts, and  €719 million by 2021 as stipulated by the motorway regeneration plan.

Closer links between communities

APRR invests to improve links and connect communities.

A466: a new 4 km motorway link connecting the A6 and A46 north of Lyon; cost: €76 million.
A719: the 24 km-long Gannat-Vichy section extends the existing A719 to the west of Vichy; cost: €100 million.
development works at the A43-A432 node  to increase capacity in response to increasing traffic from the north and east of the Lyon area and traffic bound for the Alps; cost: €20 million.

Smoother traffic

In response to increasing traffic levels, APRR is investing in additional network capacity:
 
Work to widen the A46 Anse-Genay motorway to three lanes per carriageway; cost: €41 million.
Work to widen the A71 Gerzat – Le Brézet motorway to three lanes per carriageway along the Gerzat toll barrier - A75 section; cost: €78 million.
Work to widen the A36 Montbéliard motorway to three lanes between Montbéliard and Voujeaucourt.

Facilitating access to regions and communities

APRR also invests in the construction of new interchanges to enhance access to and from communities along the motorway:
 
A43 La Tour-du-Pin Est: partial junction no. 9.1, heading towards Lyon, provides direct access to the motorway network from the east of La Tour-du-Pin, enabling HGV through-traffic from Les Abrets to be prohibited from driving through the town; cost: €8.3 million.

A48 Mauvernay partial junction: the new partial junction, n°11 near Moirans, leading towards Lyon, was commissioned in late September 2014. This junction provides direct access to the A48 motorway to and from the Lyon region and related infrastructures such as the airport and TGV intercity railway stations); cost: €8 million.
 

Expanding the network

Between 2006 and 2011, APRR invested €2,400 million in network development projects. APRR’s investments in new links, road-widening works and new access points are expanding the network and making it more accessible
 
59 km of new motorways:
  • extension to the  A51 link between Coynelle and the Col du Fau (10 km – €157 million / opened in March 2007)
  • creation of the  A406 Mâcon southern bypass (9 km – €140 million / opened in March 2011)
  • construction of the  A714 motorway spur providing access to Montluçon from the A71 (10 km – €50 million / opened in June 2011)
  • completion of the  A432 motorway between the A46 in Les Echets and the A42 in La Boisse (12 km – €230 million / opened in February 2011)
  • creation of the A466 link between the A6 and A46 (4 km – €76 million)
  • extension of the  A719 motorway between Gannat and Vichy (14 km – €100 million).
 
Road widening: third lane opened along more than 169 km of motorway :
  •  A42 motorway between Beynost and Pérouges (16 km – €33 million / completed in December 2006)
  •  A46 motorway between Genay and Mionnay (9 km – €39 million / completed in December 2007)
  •  A36 motorway between Belfort and Montbéliard (19 km – €120 million / completed in December 2009)
  •  A31 motorway between Beaune and Langres (98 km – €320 million / widening work completed in 2011)
  •  A36 motorway between Montbéliard and Voujeaucourt (6 km – €130 million / work conducted in 2011-2013)
  •  A43 motorway between Coiranne and Chambéry (9 km section widened to three lanes – €60 million / work conducted in 2013-2014)
  •  A46 motorway between Anse and Genay (5 km – €45 million / work conducted in 2013-2014)
  •  A71 motorway north of Clermont-Ferrand (7 km – €75 million / work conducted in 2013-2014).
 
Eight new motorway junctions financed jointly with local authorities:
  • Villefranche Nord junction on the A6 motorway (€13 million - financed jointly with the General Council of Rhône and Villefranche-sur-Saône district council / opened in November 2006)
  • Montluel junction on the A42 motorway (€10 million - financed jointly with the General Council of Ain / opened in May 2007)
  • Plessis-Picard partial junction on the A5 motorway (€4 million - financed jointly with the General Council of Seine-et-Marne / opened in September 2007)
  • Arlay junction on the A39 motorway (€3 million - financed jointly with the General Council of Jura / opened in September 2009)
  • Seynod Sud junction on the A41 motorway (€15 million - financed jointly with the General Council of Haute-Savoie and Annecy district council / opened in November 2010)
  • Mionnay partial junction on the A46 motorway (€11 million - financed jointly with the General Council of Ain / opened in February 2011)
  • La Tour-du-Pin Est partial junction  on the A43 motorway (€9 million - financed by the General Council of Isère and the Vallons de la Tour-du-Pin district / works conducted in 2013-2014)
  • Mauvernay junction on the A81 motorway (€8 million - financed jointly with the General Council of Isère and Pays Voironnais district council / works conducted in 2013-2014)
  • Reconfiguration of the A43 – A432 node (€15 million / works conducted in 2012-2013).

Modernising the network

The network was entrusted to APRR under the terms of concession agreements drawn up by the French government in 2001. APRR has an obligation to hand back an upgraded, more extensively developed network when these contracts expire in 2035 and 2036, for APRR and AREA, respectively. Modernising the network is therefore a priority for the Group.
 
For example,  to ensure that the tunnels in the APRR network comply with the latest safety standards€289 million has been invested since 2006 at eight facilities:
  • Épine tunnel on the A43 motorway (3 km – €50 million / completed in August 2006)
  • Chamoise, St Germain-de-Joux and Châtillon tunnels on the A40 motorway (5 km – €50 million / completed in October 2008)
  • Maurice-Lemaire tunnel between Saint-Dié-des-Vosges and Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines (7 km – €180 million / completed in October 2008)
  • Uriol  and Petit Brion tunnels on the A51 motorway (€5 million)
  • Lighting in the  Dullin tunnel on the A43 motorway (€4 million).
 
APRR invested €17 million in  noise reduction solutions between 2013 and 2015.

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