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High-speed competition on the railways

Video by Stéphanie PAVIET , Nicolas RANSOM

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-06-16

Next year international passenger rail services will be liberalized within the European Union. For the first time rail traffic between European countries will be opened to competition.

Deutsche Bahn, the German railway company, has unveiled its latest high-speed train, the third-generation ICE, or InterCityExpress.

 

The ICE is out to conquer the world market with its large aisles, comfortable seats and innovative design. The ICE makes France's TGV look outdated.

 

Before European passenger railways are liberalized in 2010, the French public railway company SNCF will have to innovate if it want to keep its share of the market.

 

Our guest for the June 7 show is Stéphane Volant, general secretary of SNCF.

 

Date created : 2009-06-07

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