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?
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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
Bosses of the high-speed rail route say a proposed direct rail link from London to Bordeaux could stop in Kent.Hopes of the recently launched Eurostar route direct to Amsterdam stopping at either Ashford or Ebbsfleet international stations were dashed, but HS1, which operates the stations and track, says no decision has yet been made on the proposed French route.Talks are at an "advanced" stage about a service which would whisk passengers from St Pancras to Bordeaux, the wine-growing region of south west France, in less than five hours.Speaking to the KentOnline, a spokesman for HS1 said: "The new route will use High Speed 1."There is, from our perspective, capacity at any of the stations on the line, but where a train starts from and where it calls will ultimately be a decision for the future train operator."It is hoped the new direct route would allow an operator of the service to take on the low-cost airlines, which currently fly 1.2 million passengers a year to the region from … [Read more...] about High speed train to Bordeaux could stop in Kent
Air France grounded just under a third of flights on Saturday as staff staged a walkout over pay, and travellers also braced for a fresh wave of train strikes starting later in the day, crippling much of France’s transport network. The industrial action at France’s flag carrier – marking the fifth day of worker stoppages over the past month and a half – has began to overlap with nationwide rolling train strikes, as rail unions protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms. Air France had forecast that some 70 percent of flights would operate on Saturday. Unions representing airline staff, locked in a dispute with Air France management over their request for a six percent pay rise, last week called four more strike days in April, in addition to stoppages planned for April 10 and 11. Queues formed at Paris’ Roissy airport on Saturday as stranded passengers sought to rebook flights. “We wasted one day here,” said Harinath Reddy, an … [Read more...] about Air France strike hits flights as French brace for rail stoppages