Gare de Valence TGV
) is a railway station in Valence
which offers regular TGV
services. The station, located in eastern Valence (Alixan
), is about ten kilometres north-east from the town centre, allowing through trains to pass at full speed. With its opening in 2001, the station has considerably shortened travel times for travellers throughout eastern France.
Valence TGV was built for and opened along with the LGV Méditerranée
, which extends south from Valence to Marseille
. The station is only 1 km south of the end of LGV Rhône-Alpes
, which extends north from Valence to Lyon
and, via the LGV Sud-Est
, on to Paris in 2h11.
Valence TGV has some unique station architecture. Built primarily of reinforced concrete
, one of the main features is the glass on all walls of the station building. The station is built on a slight incline, which makes it slightly harder for handicapped people to move around the building.
Valence TGV a bi-level station, the top level used for TER
trains while the bottom level is used for TGV
trains. The lower level, aligned roughly north-south, has 4 tracks: 2 in the centre to allow though trains to pass without slowing, and 2 outer tracks for stopping TGV services. The upper level, aligned north-east to south-west, has 2 platforms for trains on the Valence–Moirans railway
, a classic line which runs southwest to Valence city, and northeast to Moirans and Grenoble. There are regular shuttles from Valence TGV to... Read More