The president of French rail company SNCF has outlined a trial scheme that will run from June in four regions of France, allowing customers to buy train tickets from their local tabac in an effort to improve rail accessibility.
Guillaume Pepy told French newspaper Le Journal du dimanche that the move was aimed at passengers travelling from small stations, usually in rural areas, that do not have ticket offices, or have ticket offices with limited opening hours.
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He told the paper: “95 percent of passengers have access to a station with a sales offering. Our challenge is to act for the remaining 5 percent.