March news and events
In a bid to reduce the number of cars in Paris, the Champs-Élysées will close to traffic for one Sunday each month, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo has announced. The initiative is one of a series of environmentally friendly measures planned for 2016 designed to improve the capital’s air quality. In September last year, thousands strolled down the avenue as part of a day without cars event.
Train travel in and around France looks set to become more affordable as SNCF’S low-cost rail service, OuiGo has announced plans to expand in 2016, serving twice as many destinations. Chief Executive Guillaume Pepy said he wanted a third of TGV journeys in France to cost no more than about €40 by next year. New OuiGo destinations in 2016 will include Nantes and Rennes.
If peddling around Paris on a rented Vélib’ sounds too much like hard work, then the city’s new scooter rental scheme could prove a chic alternative. From summer 2016, around 500 electric scooters will be available for rental across the city centre for a price of €3 for every 15 minutes. Labelled CityScoot, the electric vehicle’s booking system will operate via a smartphone with subscribers receiving a digital code to activate the scooter. The electric vehicles are the latest addition to the city’s fleet of rental travel options.
The popular Newhaven to Dieppe ferry route has been secured for a further two years. This comes after French authorities promised to subsidise the service until March 2016. The extension guarantees that the route, which has been running since 2012, will continue until the end of 2017. The extension of the Frenchowned service will be welcomed by frequent customers of the route that has four daily crossings in low season and up to six during the summer.