Agreement has been reached to build a new TGV line between Paris and Bordeaux, cutting the journey time to two hours.

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New TGV line will slash Bordeaux journey time

Agreement has been reached to build a new TGV line between Paris and Bordeaux, cutting the journey time to two hours.

After ten years of discussion, a faster connection between Paris and Bordeaux looked certain yesterday after a key deal was agreed. 

The €7.8 billion investment will be shared between the French rail network authority, Réseaux Ferrés de France (RFF), and a consortium of companies headed by construction firm Vinci.

 

302km of new tracks are planned between Tours and Bordeaux, completing the high speed link to the capital. Trains are expected to be running on the new line by early 2017. 

 

RFF president Hubert du Mesnil said the route will carry an extra 4 million passengers a year “taking the market share for rail of the Paris Bordeaux route from 60% to 90%”

 

The project is the largest of its kind in Europe and will create over 1,300 new jobs. 

 

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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