Gare de Saint-Exupéry TGV (formerly Gare de Satolas) is a railway station near Lyon, France. This is a new station built to serve the TGV line from Paris to Marseille. It is situated 20km from Lyon city centre.
Satolas was designed by Santiago Calatrava, cost 750F and opened on 3 July 1994, at the same as the high speed line to Saint-Marcel-lès-Valence. The building is a steel covered cement structure.
The station has six tracks laid in a cutting. The two central tracks are isolated to permit trains to traverse the station at full speed (300km/h). Both sets of two tracks have platforms 500m long. To the west, a small piece of land has been put aside for future expansion. Above the tracks, a 300m long passenger concourse gives easy access to the platforms and is equipped with several travelators.
Satolas railway station is linked to Lyon's Satolas Airport by a footbridge equipped with a travelator. This airport is historically the first to be served by a high speed station. Unfortunately, this proximity to the airport has not helped the station and it sees little use as passengers mainly use Lyon-Perrache and Lyon Part-Dieu.
Lack of interconnexion with Lyon's urban transport network is frequently cited for the station's low usage. The arrival of the LESLY express tram in 2009 might help this situation.
Last edited by Persona; 10th January 2008 at 21:49.