Paris is to test out new road surfaces in an effort to reduce the city’s traffic noise and heat. The project will experiment with three paving systems that have sound, thermal and waterretaining properties to help make the city both quieter and cooler. It’s hoped that the new initiative could cut noise pollution in the city by 50%.
Air France is on track to roll out a new low-cost airline with flights due to start this winter. Aimed at millennial travellers, the brand is Air France’s attempt to compete with low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair, providing routes to countries such as Italy, Spain and Turkey. The start-up is currently working under the name of Boost but Air France says it will unveil a new name this summer.
France’s famous high-speed train network will be rebranded from TGV to inOui, while the RER will now go by the name of ‘train’. The inOui brand was rolled out on the Paris to Bordeaux route from 2 July and the new look will be introduced across all services by 2020. A major reason for the rebranding is that SNCF wants to strengthen its products in the face of growing competition from low-cost flights, budget coach services and long-distance car-sharing. The company hopes the refresh will help attract some 15 million passengers to the rail service by 2020.
Flybe has launched new summer routes to France. The seasonal flights operate each weekend until 3 September as part of the airline’s 2017 summer schedule. Flights operate from Aberdeen, Belfast City, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. Most of the services are new flights to popular destinations including Avignon, Bergerac Dordogne, Bordeaux, Brest, La Rochelle, Limoges, Nantes and Perpignan-Rivesaltes, Rennes and Toulon-Hyères.