France (Hauts de France) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Obscure Services

Lille Flandres Avoiding Line: La Madeleine (Jonctions du Lion d'Or) – Lille-Flandres Point Z – Lille-Europe AS

(ERA 64A3, not shown; 3B1) FR18/655

This freight line links the Lille-Flandres - Tourcoing line with the LGV Nord via the Raccordement de Becquerel, which descends alongside the Remisage de Lille Fives TGV Depot. It is common with the previous entry between Jonctions du Lion d'Or and Lille-Flandres Point Z. It is used by Ouigo TGVs between Tourcoing and Marseille, Nantes and Rennes: visit the Ouigo website for details of services to/from Tourcoing. Part of the route is also used by TGV services from Lille Flandres to Paris and other destinations via L'Aeroport Charles de Gaulle.

Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Raccordement d'Avion: Pont de Sallaumines (Bifurcation de Sallaumines Ouest) – Avion (Bifurcation d'Avion)

(ERA 64B2; 7A1) FR657

This east <=> south curve avoiding Lens is used for diversions when the Arras - Douai line is blocked and trains are shown with extended journey time.

Raccordement de Sallaumines: Sallaumines (Bifurcation d'Epinette) – Coron de Méricourt (Bifurcation du Sallaumines)

(ERA 64B3; 7A1) FR658

This north <=> east curve avoiding Lens is used for diversions when the Lille - Douai line is blocked and trains are shown with extended journey time.

Arras Raccordement Nord: Arras (Bifurcation 199,6km) – Lille (Bifurcation 161,94km)

(ERA 64C3; 7A1) FR659

This west <=> north spur, linking Arras station with the LGV Nord-Europe to the north, is used by TGV trains running non-stop between Arras and Lille (whether -Flandres or -Europe stations). Any taking 33 minutes or more use the 'classic' line via Douai.

The Izy Thalysnon-stop services between Bruxelles Midi and Paris Nord use the LGV between Brussels and Arras but the 'classic' main line south thereof. See also the Amiens avoiding line

Lourches (Poste 2) – Somain (Poste 3)

[fiche 17] (ERA 26B2; 7C1) FR20/660

This double track line provides an alternative route to the single track direct line between Douai and Cambrai. Previously used by just one passenger train on weekdays, from December 2019 it is scheduled a service of ten trains daily Mondays to Fridays and six at weekends.

Amiens avoiding line: Boves (Bifurcation de Longueau Sud) – Lamotte Brebière (Bifurcation de Camon)

(ERA 26C5; 6B4-C4) FR700

This curve is used by:

• the Izy Thalys non-stop services between Bruxelles Midi and Paris Nord: visit the Izy website for details of services, which use the LGV between Brussels and Arras but the 'classic' main line south thereof. See also the Arras Raccordement Nord

• the [London Victoria <==>] Calais Ville <==> Venezia SL VSOE train as between Calais and Paris Est: visit the VSOE website for dates and times.

Barreau de Jussy (Mennessis avoiding line): Jussy (Bifurcation de Flavy-le-Martel) – Montescourt (Bifurcation Jussy)

[fiche Ligne 25 Amiens - Tergnier Laon / St-Quentin] (ERA 30C1; 16B1) FR701

This curve connects the Chaulnes - Tergnier and St.Quentin - Tergnier lines north of Mennessis. Trains between Amiens and St.Quentin not scheduled to call at Tergnier use this line.

Ormoy-Villers – Bifurcation Ageux – (a) Longueil-Ste.Marie or (b) Le-Meux-Croix-St.Ouen (Bifurcation Rivecourt)

[fiches Ligne 20 Laon Crépy-en-Valois Paris and Ligne 24 St-Quentin Tergnier Compiègne Paris] (ERA 27A5; 15D4-D3) FR702

This electrified line connects the Paris Nord - Laon and Creil - St.Quentin lines, with a triangular junction at the north end. It is used only when the following diversions are advertised:

  • (a) between Paris and Laon (with reversal at Ormoy-Villers) where extended journey times and bus substitution south of Ormoy-Villers apply [fiche Ligne 20]
  • (b) between Paris and Compiègne or beyond when shown non-stop with a journey time of circa 51+ minutes (instead of the normal 40 minutes) [fiche Ligne 24].

Summer Weekend Services

A number of curves in this region have been used by TER Mer summer "dated" weekend services to the coast. As the timetable information for these services is not published until the start of the summer, it is not known at the time of the December timetable change. These entries contain the previous summer's information, until updated with the information for the current summer. From summer 2017 the programme was marketed as "éTER en Hauts-de-France" .

Calais Fréthun (Bifurcation de Riviere Neuve) – Pont de Coulogne (Bifurcation de Coulogne)

[fiche 12] (ERA 67B4; 1B1) FR18/651

This curve avoiding Calais Ville is used in summer 2018 by "dated" weekend Lille Flandres/Arras <==> Boulogne/Rang-du-Fliers-Verton trains shown non-stop between Hazebrouck and Wimille-Wimereux. Note that this route is not used by TGVs to/from Boulogne, which reverse at Calais Fréthun using a connection off the LGV line. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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E1 SSuO 846909 Lille Flandres - 08:01 Hazebrouck - Rang-du-Fliers-Verton
E1 SSuO 846919 09:25 Lille Flandres - Boulogne Ville
E1 SSuO 846962 Boulogne Ville - 17:10 Wimille-Wimereux - Arras
E1 SSuO 846935 Rang du Fliers - 17:48 Wimille-Wimereux - Lille Flandres

E1: Runs 7, 8, 21, 22 July and 4, 5, 18, 19 August 2018.

Lambersart (Bifurcation de St.André) [A] or Lompret (Bifurcation de 4 Maisons) [B] – Santes (Bifurcation de la Tortue) [C] or Haubourdin (Bifurcation de Haubourdin) [D] (via Sequedin)

(ERA 64A3; 3B1-A1) FR18/652

This freight line to the west of Lille, the middle section of which passes Lille Dèlivrance Triage and Sequedin, has triangular junctions at each end (hence the title given above). Route [B] <=> [D] 1s used by a summer "dated" weekend Dunkerque train. See L’ÉTER (Saturdays) and L’ÉTER (Sundays). Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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D1 SSuO 846926 Hirson - 08:41 St Amand les Eaux - Dunkerque [assumed for 2018]
D1 SSuO 846926 19:30 Dunkerque - Hirson [route taken on 4 August 2018]

D1: Runs 7, 8, 21, 22 July and 4, 5, 18, 19 August 2018

Note that train 846924 Jeumont - Dunkerque does not take this route.

Lesquin (Bifurcation de Lesquin) – Bifurcation du Mont de Terre – Raccordement de Ronchin – Lille Porte de Douai (Bifurcation de la Justice)

(ERA 64A3; 3B1) FR18/653

This freight line on the south side of Lille avoids the main station area. It is common with the Bif. de Lesquin – Lille Poste 2 connection between Bif. de Lesquin and Bif. du Mont de Terre.

E1 SSuO 846926/27 Hirson - 08:41 St Amand les Eaux - Dunkerque [assumed for 2018]
E1 SSuO 846926 19:30 Dunkerque - Hirson [route taken on 4 August 2018]

E1: Runs 7, 8, 21, 22 July and 4, 5, 18, 19 August 2018.

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Lille Flandres Avoiding Line: La Madeleine (Jonctions du Lion d'Or) – Ronchin (Bifurcation des Sourds et Mouets)

(ERA 64A3; 3B1) FR17/654

No use in 2018. This freight line links the lines which diverge at the throat of Lille Flandres station. It was used by a summer 2017 "dated" weekend Dunkerque train, which ran on normal passenger lines via Béthune in 2016 and in 2018 on 4 August 2018 ran via FR17/652 and 653. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.

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Lille Flandres (Bifurcation des Sourds et Mouets) – Bifurcation du Mont de Terre – Lesquin (Bifurcation de Lesquin)

(ERA 64A3; 3B1) FR17/656

No use in 2018 as on 4 August 2018 the previous years TER MER train ex Dunkerque ran via FR17/652 and 653. This freight line on the south side of Lille links the Bethune line tracks from Lille Flandres station and the Lille Avoiding Line with the Valenciennes line. It is common with the Bif. de Lesquin – Bif. de la Justice connection between Bif. du Mont de Terre and Bif. de Lesquin.

Aulnoye-Aymeries avoiding line: Berlaimont (Bifurcation de Berlaimont) – Leval (Bifurcation de Leval Est)

[fiche 17] (ERA 68A1; 8B2) FR18/661

This line, which passes to the south of Aulnoye-Aymeries station ceased being used by regular passenger services in December 2019. It was used by summer dated services in summer 2018:

E1 SSuO 846926 Hirson - 08:00 Avesnes - Dunkerque
E1 SSuO 846952 Dunkerque - 21:01 Valenciennes - Hirson

E1: Runs 7, 8, 21, 22 July and 4, 5, 18, 19 August 2018