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The cruel reality of HS2

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On 27 June 2013, Libération reported on the ‘cruel reality‘ of France’s high speed rail.

[L’Etat ne roule plus pour le TGV, Catherine Maussion and Yann Philippin, Libération, 27 juin 2013]

Le TGV a-t-il dégradé les trains du quotidien ?

C’est la cruelle réalité. Si des millions de Franciliens galèrent chaque jour dans le train, c’est pour l’essentiel à cause du TGV.

In Britain, the government has shamelessly presented HS2 as ‘a benefit to commuters’, but the actuality is very different. Without HS2’s abstraction of funds from classic rail, everyday transport around London and the northern cities could be made much better.

Libération, "L'état ne roule plus pour le TGV"

The negative economic consequences of TGV expansion on SNCF (and on the infrastructure manager Réseau ferré de France) were also mentioned in the May 2016 edition of Modern Railways. On page 65, Keith Fender noted that the TGV problem was not just unremunerative new lines; SNCF had about 100 trains on which it could not make a return. (Britain’s entire diesel HST fleet is smaller than that.)

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Written by beleben

May 6, 2016 at 8:54 am

Posted in HS2

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