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PET EX­PRESS

The num­ber of pets trav­el­ling to France with their own­ers via the Euro­tun­nel is on the rise, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the com­pany. More than 300,000 pets trav­elled on the shut­tle ser­vice last year, an in­crease of 16% com­pared to 2015. Dur­ing the 35-minute cross-Chan­nel jour­ney, pets can stay with own­ers in their car and trains also have ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­er­cise ar­eas. A one-way ticket for a pet on the Euro­tun­nel starts at £18.

GO WEST

From July 2017, Paris will only be 1h25 from Rennes in Brit­tany, thanks to a new high-speed train ser­vice link­ing the two ci­ties. The new train line is part of an ur­ban de­vel­op­ment scheme called EuroRennes. The pro­ject is set to trans­form the area around the city’s rail­way sta­tion with of­fices, shops and res­i­den­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion in an ef­fort to at­tract com­pa­nies to in­vest in Brit­tany’s cap­i­tal.

SLOW DOWN

The num­ber of speed­ing tick­ets is­sued in France could be set to rise as pri­vate com­pa­nies re­place the po­lice in mon­i­tor­ing speed­ing. It’s thought that the move will mean up to 10 times more tick­ets and driv­ers’ groups claim that the ex­tra fines could be worth €2.2bn. Pri­vatis­ing radar cars makes them more dif­fi­cult to spot – the only ex­te­rior sign is a small unit under the num­ber plate. It’s hoped that the move will help re­duce speed­ing and deaths on the road.

GO GREEN

Paris has in­tro­duced a new ‘anti-pol­lu­tion’ travel ticket in an ef­fort to fight the pol­lu­tion prob­lem that con­tin­ues to plague the city. Priced at €3.80, the all-day ticket al­lows peo­ple to travel any­where in the Île-de-France area us­ing the RER, Métro and most bus ser­vices. It’s hoped that the at­trac­tive ticket price will en­cour­age Paris res­i­dents to use pub­lic trans­port in­stead of trav­el­ling by car.

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