TRACK RENEWAL work on the night of December 10 marked the start of a Fr293m upgrading of French National Railways’ 34 km Strasbourg - Haguenau route. Alsace région is meeting 57.5% of the cost, and Bas-Rhin département 17%. Speeds will be raised to 160 km/h, and a third track will be laid on the 10 km Strasbourg - Vendenheim section used by Paris services.

Seine-Maritime département has announced a Fr800m transport programme, including a Fr235m upgrade of the Rouen - Dieppe line and modernisation of the Blangy - Le Tréport, Rouen - Elbeuf and Le Havre - Fécamp routes. Champagne-Ardenne is to invest Fr13m in modernising stations around Reims. Rh