The Daily Telegraph - Travel

France to axe sleeper routes

- Daniel Elkan

The terminatio­n of sleeper train services from Paris will affect skiers and snowboarde­rs who opt for overnight rail journeys to Alpine resorts.

Among other users of the dozen or so services, those who catch the typical Friday night train to Bourg St Maurice or St Gervais, for winter sports holidays in places such as La Plagne, Tignes and Val d’Isère, must find other means of travel.

The French ministry of transport has withdrawn support for the services, citing expense, but no operator has yet stepped in, meaning all but three routes will be terminated by July 1.

The loss will be huge, says David Briginshaw, editor-inchief of Internatio­nal Railway Journal. “An overnight train means you can get to a destinatio­n early in the day,” he said.

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