Paris-Strasbourg high-speed upgrade delayed after accident

A TGV crash in Alsace that left 11 people dead has delayed the high-speed project until next summer. [Pi Eye/Flickr]

Originally scheduled for April, the second section of France’s high-speed line expansion will be delayed and will only enter into service in the summer of 2016. Our partner La Tribune reports.

The day after a TGV crashed during a test on 14 November, killing several people, Jacques Rapoport, Deputy CEO of SNCF, suggested that the expansion of ‘LGV Est’ would be delayed from its initial date of 3 April 2016. The accident was attributed to late braking.

SNCF sources have suggested that the project will be delayed until July, although this still remains to be confirmed. This follows on from what was concluded in an expert report, which advised that procedures and their “application within tests” be revisited. Once these measures have been implemented, testing, up until now suspended, will resume. When the accident occurred, it was in its final stages.

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Currently, TGV trains quite often operate on non-high speed lines in France, meaning the services are prevented from reaching their standard speeds that exceed 300 km/h, for example, on the Toulouse-Bordeaux line.

The second section of the LGV expansion will link Paris to Strasbourg and will cut the journey time by half an hour to just 1 hour 48 minutes.

This article was also published by EURACTIV France.

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