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Lille–Fontinettes railway

The Lille–Fontinettes railway is a French railway which runs from Gare de Lille-Flandres to Gare des Fontinettes near Calais. Electrified double track it is 105 kilometres (65 mi) long.

Lille–Fontinettes railway
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Map of line from Lille to Calais
Overview
SystemSNCF
StatusOperational
LocaleFrance Nord-Pas-de-Calais
TerminiGare de Lille Flandres
Gare des Fontinettes, Calais
Operation
Opened1848
OwnerRFF
Operator(s)SNCF
Technical
Line length105 km (65 mi)
Number of tracksDouble track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification25 kV 50 Hz
Route map

0.0
Lille Flandres
La Madeleine
Saint-André-lez-Lille
000.0
Lompret
Pérenchies
Prémesques
La Chapelle-d'Armentières
freight line to Wavrin
20.1
Armentières
000.0
freight line to La Gorgue
Nieppe
Steenwerck
Bailleul
Strazeele
46.4
Hazebrouck
Ebblinghem
Renescure
to Hesdigneul
66.4
Saint-Omer
000.0
Watten-Éperlecques
Ruminghem
Audricq
Nortkerque
Pont-d'Ardres
Les Attaques
Pont de Coulogne
104.9
Les Fontinettes
Calais St. Pierre
Calais-Ville
Calais-Maritime
Calais-Fréthun
LGV Nord to Lille

Completed in 1848, it was the first railway to reach the coastal port of Calais. The Paris-Lille railway had reached Lille from Paris two years previously.

In 1993, it was bypassed by the LGV Nord high-speed line running from Lille-Europe to Calais-Fréthun and the Channel Tunnel. The main traffic today is freight and local TER Nord-Pas-de-Calais passenger trains.

Armentièrs station located in French Flanders.

Coordinates: 50°43′53″N 2°23′10″E / 50.7315°N 2.3862°E / 50.7315; 2.3862