to move or not to move?

More up to standard and difficult to access, the Nîmes/Saint-Césaire station located on the Tarascon-Sète line is destined to evolve.

For years, the stations of Nîmes-Pont du Gard or Nîmes-centre have been the subject of bitter debate between elected officials. This is less the case for that of Nîmes/Saint-Césaire, to the west of the city, located on the Sète-Tarascon railway line. According to our information, the stopover is little used today… Only about forty travelers use it every weekday. Between the years 2015 and 2018, the number of registered annual travelers was between 10,000 and 15,000. Not terrible…

What are the reasons for this low attendance? Perhaps we should look at the surroundings of the infrastructures with a glaring lack of parking, the absence of accessibility for people with reduced mobility or even the access roads congested by traffic jams at rush hour. However, having such a stopover on the territory is a chance. Moreover, Nîmes metropolis – which deals not far from the station market rehabilitation project – and the Region, manager of the TER, are aware of this.

« It could become a multimodal hub “, commented, in April in The Objective Gard Club, the vice-president in charge of Transport in the Region, Jean-Luc Gibelin. Currently, the Region and SNCF Réseau lead “ heavy studies to find out whether, as proposed by Nîmes Métropole, the relocation of the Avenue Pavlov station to the new activity area of ​​the Gare Station Market would be appropriate.

Still according to our sources, the increase in power of the station could make it possible to double, or even triple, attendance by 2035. For now, we are in the study phase. The latter will tell us if there is interest in moving the station or stabilizing it in its location… Knowing that moving a station is not easy “Comments cautiously Jean-Luc Gibelin.

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Coralie Mollaret

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2023-05-03 09:01:18


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