20 June 2007
Julian Taylor admires France's TGV system. I quite agree with him. Just like it's Japanese counterpart, it is wonderful. Until, that is, you start looking at the bills - I seem to remember an estimate of £30bn from a few years ago.

There is another problem specific to the French system. The pursuit of high-speed services has apparently distorted the French railway leaving the rest of the network starved of funds struggling along with infrequent and irregular services.

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  1. But since WE will use only the quick one, yippee.  (P.S. One thing I particularly admired about Mrs T was the way she got us a fast train to Paris almost entirely at the cost of the Frogs.  I suppose we spent a penny or two at Waterloo, but you could justify that by the value of the joke.)

    Posted by dearieme on  21 June 2007 at 11:13 am

  2. I have ridden some crap, slow and expensive trains in rural France, yes.

    Posted by Michael Jennings on  21 June 2007 at 04:42 pm

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