The heavy price of the TGV on France’s non-HSR railway

by Jeremy on 01-May-2011

Major problems encountered by the high-speed rail systems in China and Spain, and in Holland, followed the same themes in each country.  The results of the over-optimistic business cases used to justify HSR has resulted in patchy strategic benefits with prosperity increasing in some cities but diminishing in others.

As the French TGV celebrates its thirtieth operational year similar problems are apparent there.  But in addition, France’s investment in its high-speed railway system has resulted in its older, non-high-speed and suburban lines degenerating.  Read on.

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