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Article from BTNews 17 SEPTEMBER 2018

France invests in TGV

Much to everyone’s surprise (given the country’s budgetary constraints) the French government has approved five new sections of high-speed rail track.

Some lines are totally new. Others will be extensions of existing TGV lines.  Completion is expected by 2023.  According to transport minister Elisabeth Borne this figure represents a 40% increase on the five-year period before French President Emmanuel Macron was elected.

The five new TGV routes are:

Montpelier − Perpignan
Marseilles − Nice
Paris − Le Havre
Paris CDG to various destinations in Northern France
Bordeaux − Toulouse:  This upgrade means passengers will be able to travel from Paris to Toulouse in 3hr 10min in future rather than the current 4hr 15min.
 
Access from from Chantilly, Creil, Pont-Sainte-Maxence, Clermont, Compiègne (Oise) and Amiens (Somme) to Charles de Gaulle airport will now be by direct services. on a direct train.
 
But these are not the only changes set to hit France's much-lauded rail network.
 
Paris − Limoges line is to be improved. 

The government has also sanctioned the upgrade of the Intercité (now called TET line) between Paris and Toulouse via Limoges.

The low-cost TGV service Ouigo is also set to grow its service and will start running services from Gare de Lyon in Paris to Marseille and the Côte d'Azur from December.

www.sncf.com/sncv1/en/trains/tgv

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