DEPART FOR PARIS
Spanish airline Vueling has announced a new route between Birmingham and Paris-Orly from 26 March. The service will operate four times a week, increasing to six times a week in June. The new service complements the direct flights from Birmingham to Paris Charles de Gaulle with Flybe and Air France.
The newly designed TGV l’Océane high-speed trains have gone into service, linking Paris-Montparnasse to Bordeaux and Toulouse in south-western France. A total of 17 trains are due to be in service by the end of July, increasing to 40 trains by 2019. The new trains cut journey times to Bordeaux from 3hr14 to 2hr04, and to Toulouse from 5h42 to 4h09.
Flight options from London to France have expanded, thanks to easy-Jet introducing a new spring/ summer direct flight between Luton and Nantes. Managing director François Bacchetta said fares would be about €20-€30 for a single ticket and promised the company would continue its growth “at the same rate as the past year”.
Motorists in France are now required to display a ‘clean sticker’ following concerns over smog in Paris and other French cities. The stickers will indicate a vehicle’s age, engine type and cleanliness rating and those who fail to display one will be barred from entering high-emission zones at weekends. Environment minister Ségolène Royal has also announced financial incentives for buying electric vehicles, suggesting that motorways should waive tolls for electric cars.