For Adrien Chaud, president of Villeneuvois à vélo, the route must be along the Lot

For Adrien Chaud, president of Villeneuvois à vélo, the route must be along the Lot
For Adrien Chaud, president of Villeneuvois à vélo, the route must be along the Lot

He did not want to get involved but “I would not want the public inquiry into the greenway to Rogé to be reduced to a debate between those who believe or do not believe in the return of the train to Villeneuve-sur-Lot.” The young man, president of the Villeneuvois à association…

He did not want to get involved but “I would not want the public inquiry into the greenway to Rogé to be reduced to a debate between those who believe or do not believe in the return of the train to Villeneuve-sur-Lot.” The young man, president of the Villeneuvois à vélo association, thus wanted to proclaim loud and clear, at the opening of the public inquiry into the future greenway between Avenue Henri-Barbusse and the Rogé site, that he defended its route: “The initial project has always been to reach Penne-d’Agenais via Rogé, and this since the time when the mayor of Villeneuve-sur-Lot was Michel Gonelle. Guillaume Lepers has only reactivated a dormant project.”

He makes no secret of it, he is rather in favour of maintaining the railway lines and therefore, not seeing them disappear in favour of a cycle path. “Finding a train in Villeneuve and Agen, via Penne, is not so utopian when you see what is currently happening in Occitanie. It is just a question of political will. We have put as much money into a dual carriageway on the RN 21 as it would have cost to reopen a train line to Agen, via Penne, not to mention the impact on agricultural land.”

In pursuit of Penne

However, Adrien Chaud is keen to put forward other arguments “more important for the community, justifying the route along the banks of the Lot and this without partisanship. This route follows a towpath that existed before the dam. It was after the construction of the latter that, little by little, the plantations extended towards the banks of the Lot. It is the ideal route to develop, not only leisure cycling, along the water and in the direction of Rogé, but also city-work travel towards the industrial zone of Grand-Pièce in the making.”

The young man is also convinced, contrary to the detractors of the future route, that once completed, the track will continue to Penne-d’Agenais: “There is only one owner who would be affected by an expropriation, an owner who built his swimming pool on the banks of the Lot. There is also the possibility of running alongside the road for 600 meters, and everyone would be happy. After all, we do it safely in Sainte-Livrade.”

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