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France Trains Too Big To Fit Through the Stations, A $20 Billion Disappointment

There won't be a “mind the gap” announcement at many French train stations. Instead, there will be a “mind th...

France Trains Too Big To Fit Through the Stations, A $20 Billion Disappointment

There won't be a “mind the gap” announcement at many French train stations. Instead, there will be a “mind the train” one. French representatives have disclosed that they didn’t conduct detailed measurements for the $20 billion-worth of newly arriving trains in 2016, so now many of the train platforms are simply too small to fit the passing trains.

 

A terrible mix-up occurred when the French train operator and the network owner--two separate state-run entities--neglected to double-check the measurements of all of the 8,700 railway platforms in France for the new trains. That leaves 1,300 train platforms, which are narrower than the rest, to be mended.

 

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According to the Réseau Ferré de France, the altering of the platforms would be covered by the €4 billion annual budget aimed for development, maintenance and modernization, and the adjustments will cost about $68.5 million.

 

RFF spokesman, Christophe Piednoël, told a French radio, "We discovered the problem a bit late. It's as if you bought a Ferrari and when you come to park it in your garage you realize your garage isn't exactly the right size for a Ferrari because you didn't have a Ferrari before."

 

Despite the fact that the two French entities are being mocked for making a fairly naive mistake, the French 19th-century trains are simply not the same as today's, and the increase in regional railway traffic in the past 10 years has contributed to the state of the railroads. So, both the new trains and the altering of the platforms will do a lot of good to the French rail system.  

 

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