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FREE RIDE

Pub­lic trans­port in the town of Niort in Deux-Sèvres is now free, mak­ing it the 30th French town to of­fer free pub­lic trans­port. The first to in­tro­duce free buses was the com­mune of Com­piègne in Oise in1975. While sup­port­ers of the ini­tia­tive cite en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic ben­e­fits, op­posers claim that it adds to tax­pay­ers’ costs. Niort ex­pects pas­sen­ger num­bers to be up 30% by Septem­ber 2019.

NEW WIN­TER FLIGHT

EasyJet has an­nounced a new sea­sonal ser­vice from Southamp­ton air­port to Geneva. The new win­ter-only route, which will of­fer skiers in­creased ac­cess to the French Alps, will start on 14 De­cem­ber. The ser­vice will op­er­ate three times a week through­out the win­ter, with flights on Tues­days, Thurs­days and Sun­days. Flights start from £31.99.

CAR-FREE ZONE

All of cen­tral Paris will be closed to ve­hi­cles for its an­nual car-free day on 1 Oc­to­ber. While pre­vi­ous years have banned mo­tors from spe­cific ar­eas, such as the Champs-Élysées, this year the whole of the city cen­tre will be closed to mo­torised ve­hi­cles, with ex­cep­tions made for emer­gency ve­hi­cles. Now in its third year, the ini­tia­tive aims to cut pol­lu­tion and pro­mote walk­ing, cy­cling and other eco-friendly ways of trav­el­ling around.

GREEN TRAVEL

France’s first hy­dro­gen bus ser­vice is set to be launched in the town of Pau in Pyrénées-At­lan­tiques in 2019. There will be eight hy­dro­gen buses that will run be­tween the rail­way sta­tion and the hospi­tal. A few ex­am­ples of hy­dro­gen buses have al­ready been tested, but it is the first time in France that a bus route will be fully served by this eco-friendly tech­nol­ogy.

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