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Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles

Marseille – Saint-Charles is the main railway station and intercity bus station of Marseille. It is the southern terminus of the Paris–Marseille railway. It opened on 8 January 1848, having been built for the PLM on the land of the Saint Charles Cemetery. The station is perched on top of a small hill and is linked to the city centre by a monumental set of stairs. Since 2001 the TGV has dramatically reduced the travel time between Marseille and Northern France, traffic has increased from 7.1 million annual passengers in 2000 to 15 million in 2007 and the station is currently the 11th busiest in France.

Marseille – Saint-Charles
SNCF
SNCF railway station
Gare de Saint-Charles Marseille FRA 001.JPG
LocationSquare Narvik 13232 Marseille Cedex 1
Owned byRFF / SNCF
Line(s)Paris–Marseille railway
Marseille–Ventimiglia railway
Tracks16
Traffic
Passengers (2007)15 million
Services
Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
toward Paris-Lyon
TGVTerminus
toward Lille-Europe
TGV
toward Nice
TGVTerminus
TGVTerminus
toward Nancy
TGV
toward Nice
toward Le Havre
TGVTerminus
toward Rennes
TGVTerminus
toward Luxembourg
TGVTerminus
toward Nantes
TGVTerminus
TGVTerminus
TGVTerminus
TGVTerminus
TerminusThello
toward Bordeaux
IntercitésTerminus
toward Narbonne
TER Occitanie L3Terminus
TerminusTER PACA 1
toward Hyères
TER PACA 6
toward Nice-Ville
toward Miramas
TER PACA 7Terminus
TER PACA 8
TER PACA 10
toward Pertuis
TER PACA 12
toward Briançon
TER PACA 13
Preceding station   Eurostar   Following station
EurostarTerminus
Location
Marseille – Saint-Charles is located in France
Marseille – Saint-Charles
Marseille – Saint-Charles
Location in France
Marseille – Saint-Charles is located in Europe
Marseille – Saint-Charles
Marseille – Saint-Charles
Location in Europe
Saint-Charles Station main staircase.
The new extension of Saint-Charles Station
Night view from the main staircase
Concourse of Saint Charles Station.

OverviewEdit

The station was once a key stage on the sea voyage to Africa, the Middle-East and the Far East, before the popularisation of flying. To the rear of the station along Boulevard Voltaire was the goods yard which was used up until the end of the 1990s by the SNCF's road freight operations, Sernam. The station, originally isolated from the city, was equipped with a grand staircase, envisioned by Eugène Senès in 1911 and opened in 1926. It is bordered by statues inspired by all the distant locations to which people sailed from Marseille's port.

Saint-Charles has 14 terminal platforms and four tracks which run through, all equipped with 1500 V DC overhead wire. Tracks run in various directions, towards Ventimiglia, the north, Briançon, and the harbour station of La Joliette.

A first extension was opened after World War II. The buildings on the north side had been destroyed and were rebuilt to house the administration offices of the SNCF. A new between level was opened to enhance the flow of passengers.

On New Year's Eve 1983, a bomb at the station killed two people.

At the end of the 1990s a redevelopment project began with the opening of the Marseille underground and bus interchange as well as the arrival of the TGV Méditerranée. Since 2001 new underground parking lots and a tunnel have allowed the station to be renewed. A new hall, the Halle Honnorat, was created housing shops and services. The displacement of the regional coach station on the other side of the station allowed a new pedestrian square to be created, between the station and the Aix-Marseille University site of Saint-Charles. New pedestrian spaces with cafe terraces have also been created atop the grand stairs.

Paulin Talabot started the Marseille-Avignon line.

On 1 October 2017, two women were killed in a knife attack at the train station before the attacker was shot dead by police. [1][2]

Train servicesEdit

The station is served by the following services:

  • High speed services (TGV) Paris-Lyons Station - (Lyons Saint Exupéry airport) - Avignon TGV - Aix-en-Provence TGV mp airport - Marseille Saint Charles
  • High speed services (TGV Bruxelles-France) Brussels-Midi - Lille Europe / Lille-Flandres - Charles de Gaulle Airport 2 TGV - Lyons Part-Dieu - Avignon TGV - Aix-en-Provence TGV mp airport - Marseille Saint Charles - Cannes - Nice Ville
  • High speed services (AVE) Madrid-Atocha - Barcelona-Sants - Perpignan - Beziers - Montpellier Saint Roch - Avignon TGV - Aix-en-Provence TGV mp airport - Marseille Saint Charles
  • High speed services (TGV-Alleo) Frankfurt-am-Mein Hbf - Strasbourg-Ville - Mulhouse-Ville - Lyons Part-Dieu - Avignon TGV - Aix-en-Provence TGV mp airport - Marseille Saint Charles
  • High speed services (TGV) (Nancy - Strasbourg -) Dijon-Ville - Lyons Part-Dieu - Avignon TGV - Marseille Saint Charles - Cannes - Nice-Ville
  • High speed services (TGV Lyria) Geneva-Cornavin - Marseille Saint Charles
  • High speed services (TGV) Lyons Part-Dieu - Valence TGV Southern Rhône-Alps - Avignon TGV - Aix en Provence TGV mp airport - Marseille Saint Charles - Toulon - Les Arcs-Draguignan - Cannes - Nice-Ville
  • High speed services (TGV) Le Havre - Rouen-Rive Droite - Versailles-Chantiers - Lyons Part-Dieu - Avignon TGV - Marseille Saint Charles
  • High speed services (TGV) Rennes / Nantes - Le Mans - Lyons Part-Dieu - Avignon TGV - Marseille Saint Charles
  • High speed services (Thalys) Amsterdam-Centraal - Rotterdam-Centraal - Antwerp-Central - Brussels-Midi - Avignon TGV - Aix-en-Provence TGV mp airport - Marseille Saint Charles (Summer Saturdays)
  • High speed services (Eurostar) London Saint Pancras Intl - Ashford Intl - (Lyons Part-Dieu) - Avignon TGV - Marseille Saint Charles
  • EuroCity services (Thello) Marseille Saint Charles - Cannes - Nice-Ville - Monaco - Ventimiglia - Genoa - Milan-Centrale
  • Intercity services (Intercités) Bordeaux Saint Jean - Toulouse-Matabiau - Narbonne - Béziers - Montpellier Saint Roch - Nîmes - Arles - Marseille Saint Charles
  • High speed services (TGV Ouigo) Marne-la-Vallée / Lyons-Perrache - Lyon Saint-Exupéry - Avignon TGV - Marseille Saint Charles
  • Regional intercity services Lyons Part-Dieu - Montelimar - Orange - Avignon-Centre - Arles - Miramas - Marseille Saint Charles
  • Regional intercity services Portbou (Spain) - Perpignan - Beziers - Montpellier Saint Roch - Miramas - Vitrolles mp airport - Marseille Saint Charles
  • Regional intercity services Briançon - Gap - Sisteron - Aix en Provence Ville - Marseille Saint Charles
  • Regional intercity services Marseille Saint Charles - Toulon - Les Arcs-Draguignan - Cannes - Nice-Ville - Monaco - Ventimiglia
  • Regional services Avignon-Centre - Arles - Miramas - Vitrolles mp airport - Marseille Euromediterranee - Marseille Saint Charles
  • Regional services Avignon TGV - Avignon Centre - Salon - Miramas - Vitrolles mp airport - Marseille Euromediterranee - Marseille Saint Charles
  • Local services Miramas - Fos-sur-Mer - Carry-le-Rouet - Séon St Henry - Marseille Saint Charles
  • Local services Pertuis - Aix-en-Provence Ville - Gardanne - Saint Antoine - Marseille Saint Charles
  • Local services Marseille Saint Antoine - Marseille Saint Charles
  • Local services Marseille Saint Charles - Marseille Blancarde - Aubagne - Toulon - (Hyères)
  • Local services Marseille Saint Charles - Marseille Blancarde - La Barasse - Aubagne

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Two women die in Marseille knife attack". 2 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Marseille train station attack: ISIS claims responsibility for Marseille attack after knifeman slaughters two commuters before being shot dead". www.thesun.co.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2017.

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