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HAPPY DAYS!

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.

NEW CROSS­ING

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.

AIR­PORT EXPRESS

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.

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