The Gare TGV
The history of the Aix-en-Provence TGV station is part of the eventful history of the LGV Méditerranée.
The issue of service to the city of Aix-en-Provence forced the SNCF to trace the LGV further east than its initial plans, by building a TGV station 16 km from the center of Aix.
The station was inaugurated on June 10, 2001 on the occasion of the opening of passenger traffic on the new line.
Attendance has very quickly exceeded SNCF's expectations, mainly because it avoids reaching the Saint-Charles station, connected to the north of the Marseille conurbation by the often saturated A7 motorway, with complex access and still under construction. early 2000s.
Moreover, its position halfway on the departmental connecting Aix-en-Provence to the Marseille airport allows to compete directly with the plane, especially on the links to Paris, thus recovering a clientele for which it was easier to to reach the airport than the Marseille train station.