Bourgogne Franche Comté Region reports that 29 TER trains are operated daily, Mondays - Fridays, on the Besançon - Le Locle line and they carry 1,700 passengers daily. In recent years, the railway has adapted to growth in demand. The chronic road congestion at each end of the line has encouraged residents to use the train service. There are 4 flows of traffic;
Commuters / inter-regional / international / international commuters
Timetable / Mondays - Fridays / return services :
- Besançon - Valdahon : 11 trains daily of which - 5 trains continue to Morteau of which 3 trains continue to La Chaux de Fonds
- Morteau - La Chaux-de-Fonds : 4 return services ( + 3 return services to/from Besançon )
- Besançon - Valdahon : 45 - 52 mins, 7 intermediate stops
- Besançon - Morteau : 86 - 91 mins, 10 intermediate stops
- Besançon - La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH) : 1h 59mins, 12 intermediate stops
Part 2 (JANUARY NEWS) We will study in more detail the cross border section from Morteau to La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH), the two branch lines now closed and the material used on this railway in the Jura mountains.
Notes: pk = km posts. alt = altitude in mètres
Besançon; Capital of the département of Doubs, population 116,000, metropolitan area - 250,000. Contains light industry concentrated on watchmaking, microtechnology, micro mechanics, biomedical engineering.
La Chaux de Fonds / Le Locle; These two Swiss towns in the Canton de Neuchatel have a combined population of 51,000. They are listed by UNESCO for their significance in the Patrimoine Mondial as an urban industrial area of watchmaking.
Valdahon. This commune was originally named "Le Valdahon". A few years ago, the "Le" was dropped, but SNCF continues to call it "Le Valdahon".
Text and photos: Graham Skinner
Below: Morteau April 2004. Eglise Notre Dame-de-l'Assomption (1420). In the distance, the station and the railway line that continues (top right) towards the Swiss frontier. The meanders of the Doubs river flowing east towards Montbeliard before turning west to Besançon and on to the Saône