ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD
British drivers in Calais could be allowed to drive on the left-hand side of the road. Under current proposals, the initiative is likely to take place on one of the May bank holidays of next year on one particular day or possibly for a whole weekend. The president of the Hauts-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand said the gesture would help boost tourist numbers to the port city and show that Britons are welcome in France, particularly after Brexit.
SNCF is trialling the use of scooters ( trottinettes) from St-Denis station in Paris, with plans to extend the service to other stations. At the moment, only SNCF employees are able to use the scooters, but they will be available for everyone from 28 August. A product of the Alsace-based start-up KNOT, the scooters are designed to facilitate easy travel between the Métro station and the office. It’s hoped they will soon be able to be left anywhere on the street and be geolocated through the app.
PUSH THE BOAT OUT
Brittany Ferries has ordered a new cross-Channel ship that will operate from Portsmouth to Caen. The ship, that will be named Honfleur, will make three daily return journeys from Portsmouth to Caen starting in June 2019. Brittany Ferries has invested £175m in the ferry, the 11th in its fleet and has said it is an expression of the company’s confidence in the UK, especially after Brexit. The new ferry can carry up to 1,680 passengers, 550 cars, 64 lorries and will have a 120-seat restaurant, two cinemas and a boutique shopping area.
THE FUTURE IS GREEN
France will ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Emmanuel Macron’s government announced the initiative just one day after Volvo said it would only make electric or hybrid cars from 2019 onwards. The move is part of a plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord. Nicolas Hulot, France’s ecology minister said the country’s car industry was well prepared for the change, which would help to fight against air pollution.