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Libération - France | Friday, June 28, 2013

End of the TGV dream

According to a report put out on Thursday, the French railway company SNCF wants to postpone the construction of new routes for its high-speed train, the TGV, until 2030. The SNCF must face the fact that the TGV was never be a means of mass transport, the left-liberal daily Libération writes: "The decision to suspend construction of new railway lines testifies to an indisputable reality: despite its clear advantages, the TGV has not been able to impose itself as the pearl of rail transport. Today it costs the state and the regions huge amounts of money, and it simply isn't profitable. The SNCF now needs to ask itself the right questions. Do expensive, fast trains still represent the future of rail transport? Wouldn't it be better to prioritise shorter routes that are more useful to the population? And how, finally, can we make the TGV more accessible to a greater number of travellers?"

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