‘Battle plan’ to save France’s rural railways

While many rural railways in France have seen their passenger services reduced or suspended over recent years, there have been some exceptions. The 24·7 km line between Oloron-Sainte-Marie and Bedous in the foothills of the Pyrénées reopened in June 2016.

FRANCE: A report into the condition, usage and prospects of almost 9 000 route-km of secondary railway is to be handed to government before the end of March. According to Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne, the report will form part of a ‘battle plan’ to save a broad swathe of the ...

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