Non-stops from Paris-Montparnasse to Rennes and beyond
There will be 10 non-stop services to Rennes in 1 hour 28 minutes. Departures will be at +56 from 09:56 to 19:56 (except 13:56). The 17:56 will take 1h25m.
The 09:56, 12:56, 14:56, 16:56, 17:56, 18:56 will continue west from Rennes to Brest (stops at Saint-Brieuc, Guingamp, Morlaix). The 09:56 and 18:56 also stop at Lamballe. The 09:56 will be a double TGV with one unit terminating at Lannion. The 11:56 continues from Rennes to Saint Malo.
The 10:56, 16:56, 18:56, 19:56 will continue from Rennes to Quimper (stops at Vannes, Auray, Lorient).
Journey times from Paris: Rennes (1h28m), Saint Malo (2h17m), Saint-Brieuc (2h11m), Brest (best times: 3h33m, 3h25 Fridays), Lorient (3h04m), Quimper (3h40m).
TGV's from Paris to Rennes with multiple stops
Eight TGV's will each stop twice among Le Mans, Laval, Vitré (07:14, 07:40, 08:14, 12:14, 14:14, 18:14, 19:14, 21:14). The 07:40 stops once at Le Mans and continues after Rennes to Brest. The journey time to Rennes with 2 stops will be 1h53m
The 08:14, 14:14 and 18:14 will continue from Rennes to St Malo.
West of Le Mans, a triangular junction ("Virgule de Sablé")has been created on the high speed line with a link to the main line at Sablé-sur-Sarthe. This allows non stop TGV's to/from Nantes to by-pass Le Mans. It also provides the opportunity to create rail services between Angers, Laval and Rennes.
For the first time in France, TER trains will be operated on a high speed line. Five TER 200 Pays-de-la-Loire services will be scheduled from Nantes to Rennes, stopping at Acenis, Angers St-Laud, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Laval, Vitré. Between Sablé and Laval the trains will use the Ligne à Grande Vitesse (LGV) during 15 minutes. There is no other direct railway line between Sablé and Laval. The only alternative is to travel via Le Mans and reverse there.
Eight Z 21500 emu's have been modified to receive TVM cab signalling equipment obligatory on the LGV. They operate at 200 kph. The eight Z TER emu's have been re-numbered in the series Z 21700.
The new rail services from July 2nd will provide significant time savings (over 60 minutes) for those travelling between Angers, Sablé, Laval and Rennes.
Departures from Nantes will be at 05:47, 09:47, 11:47, 15:44, 17:47.
Journey times to Angers (42 mins), Sablé (71 minutes), Laval (1h33mins) Rennes (2h13mins).