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Fol­low­ing the open­ing of a ca­ble car in Brest in Novem­ber 2016, a cou­ple of other ci­ties have un­veiled pro­jects to have their own gon­do­las. A ca­ble car across the Garonne in Toulouse is planned for 2020 while work­ers in Paris could be com­mut­ing by gon­dola by 2021. The lat­ter will cover 4.4km in Val-de-Marne, just out­side cen­tral Paris, and hopes to trans­port 14,000 pas­sen­gers a day. Cross­ing the area by bus cur­rently takes 40 min­utes while by gon­dola it should only take 17 min­utes. Some 12 more gon­dola routes from the sub­urbs to Paris are planned.

Con­struc­tion of a third tram line has been an­nounced in Nice and is ex­pected to open in 2020. Link­ing Nice air­port and the St-isidore district, the line will run for seven kilo­me­tres and it is es­ti­mated that it will trans­port 12,000 pas­sen­gers. Eurostar opened its doors to a new Busi­ness Pre­mier lounge in Paris Gare du Nord on 4 Fe­bru­ary. The newly de­signed lounge is sit­u­ated on the top floor of the 19th-cen­tury build­ing and of­fers a stylish space com­plete with mar­ble fire­places, comfy so­fas, a cock­tail bar, an open kitchen of­fer­ing a new menu, wifi and plenty of USB and charg­ing sock­ets.

Paris put its first driver­less bus route on trial at the end of Jan­uary. The elec­tric minibuses can take six pas­sen­gers and run on a ded­i­cated route on the Charles-de-Gaulle bridge be­tween the train sta­tions of Gare de Lyon and Auster­litz.

Park­ing fines are set to in­crease in Paris from 1 Jan­uary 2018 in an at­tempt to curb un­paid park­ing spa­ces. Cur­rently cost­ing €17, fines will in­crease to €50 in the first 11 ar­rondisse­ments and to €35 in the other nine fol­low­ing a vote from lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

In a bid to en­cour­age the use of ecofriendly trans­port meth­ods, France is of­fer­ing its cit­i­zens fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of €200 to help them buy elec­tric bikes. Peo­ple will be able to claim this ‘eco-bonus’ un­til 31 Jan­uary 2018 to off­set the pur­chase of a pedal-as­sisted elec­tric bike.


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