France's minister of transport confirmed on Monday that the planned CDG Express between the country's busiest airport at Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle and the heart of the capital will be built. The rail project that would have linked Gare de l'Est in central Paris and Terminal 2 of the airport to the north of the city was under threat due to mounting opposition. But Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Monday: "The concession contract will be signed in the coming days." "It's essential that works begin without losing more time. The CDG Express is vital for Paris and the whole of the Île-de-France region," Borne added. "The aim is to have the service ready for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games but it won't be to the detriment of local transport," she said. Tourists and frequent travellers to and from Paris have long complained about the lack of a direct fast link between the airport and the centre of the city. To get to Charles de Gaulle airport passengers can either take a taxi, a bus or … [Read more...] about Paris: High-speed rail link to CDG airport WILL be built, government insists
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It doesn’t seem Paris’s highly anticipated Charles de Gaulle Express will be leaving the station anytime soon. Valerie Pécresse, President of Ile-de-France’s Regional Council, has asked the French government to postpone the controversial high-speed project given “the urgent need to improve the RER and Transilien commuter lines” first. Pécresse, who is also the head of IDF Mobilités, the authority that controls and coordinates the different transport companies operating in the Paris area, will put CDG Express’s deferment up for a vote on Wednesday. The state-of-the-art project, given the go-ahead back in 2014, was meant to give Parisians and tourists a faster, more exclusive option for getting to CDG airport by train in just 20 minutes. But soon after the initial hype commuters on the delay-prone RER B that runs from Charles de Gaulle to the southern Ile-de-France communes of Robinson and … [Read more...] about Could the high-speed rail link between Paris and CDG airport be about to hit the brakes?
Eurostar officials have denied reports high-speed trains could stop running in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit.In a series of new documents released by the government, it said new agreements would have to be negotiated with individual countries on rail transport to keep services running to and from the continent.The technical notice document on rail transport if there’s no Brexit deal said: "Arrangements for cross-border services would be subject to any bilateral arrangements that the UK negotiates with individual EU countries."But Eurostar spokesman Rob Haycocks said the company's trains, which stop at Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International, should follow existing services come March: "We are having constructive conversations with the governments on Brexit and will continue to do so."At this point in time, we plan and expect to maintain services on the existing basis and timetable following Brexit."It is understood work to prepare for such a scenario is already … [Read more...] about Eurostar high-speed train fears
0 Have your say Hampshire County Council has been very proud to tell us that its highways department has resurfaced more than 300 roads in the county recently. Hundreds of miles have been repaired, reducing potholes, using the latest range of techniques to keep our roads in good condition.Micro-asphalt, we are told, represents excellent value for money, extends the life of the road and is a recognised way of preventing more potholes and cracks.What a load of old tosh.I’ve seen this type of ‘make-do-and-mend’ work for many years now. Put down a load of Tarmac and bung some gravel over it.It’s nothing more that simply putting wallpaper on top of an old wall, covered in cracks, holes and more old wallpaper. We know that to do a proper job you have to strip off all the wallpaper and go back to a flat, bare wall.Quite a few roads in Alverstoke have been treated like this.The cracks and potholes remain, but now … [Read more...] about Ditch high-speed rail and spend the cash on roads – Rick Jackson
SUSA VALLEY, Italy — A project to link France and Italy with a high-speed rail line under the Alps is turning into a lose-lose proposition for Italy’s 5Star Movement. The populist party, which now rules Italy in coalition with the right-wing League, vociferously opposed the project ahead of last March’s election. That helped consolidate support in the Susa Valley, where opposition to the Treno Alta Velocità (TAV) between Lyon and Turin has festered since it was proposed in 1991. “I can only feel anger and disgust at how the money of Italian citizens has been wasted,” Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli, a member of the 5Stars, wrote on his Facebook page. But now that the 5Stars are in government, this puts it at odds with the League, who back the project. “It is necessary to go ahead with the TAV, not go back,” said Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini, leader of the League. Although the … [Read more...] about Italy’s high-speed railway dilemma