France’s national railway company SNCF has introduced a new pass that will allow 16 to 27-year-olds to travel on an unlimited basis for €79 a month. In an effort to encourage younger people to travel by rail, the pass known as the ‘Happy Card’ will be valid for travel on TGV high-speed trains as well as the Intercités services. Trips made using the card may be booked online up to one month in advance.
Plans are being put in place for a high-speed ferry service from south Dorset to Cherbourg. Originally planned for Weymouth, it is now thought that the ferry’s departure point will be Portland Port, although a start date for the new HighSpeedFerries route has not yet been confirmed.
The French parliament has approved plans for an express train from the centre of Paris to Charles de Gaulle airport, cutting the travel time down to 20 minutes. Due to be completed in 2023, the Charles De Gaulle Express is planned to run from Paris’s Gare de l’Est in the 10th arrondissement to the airport. A one-way ticket is expected to cost around €24.
NEW CABLE CAR
A new cable car system across the River Garonne in Toulouse will enable residents in the city to travel in style within three years. The city’s mayor JeanLuc Moudenc announced the plans to build the 3km cable car system that will feature 14 cabins with space for 35 passengers. The service will run along three cables designed to withstand 100kph Autan south-easterly winds.