This news item on the BBC reports the opening of the new TGV-Est line from Paris to Strasbourg. The journey time is forecast to be 2 hours 20 minutes down from the current 4 hours with trains travelling at up to 200mph.
During my journeys to and from Switzerland for my holidays along the autoroute from Calais via Strasbourg to Mulhouse and then Basle over the last couple of years I have seen parts of this new railway take shape.
If you want to do some "TGV spotting" on this line while you travel along the A4 towards Paris, you should stop at "Aire de Noblette". It's between Sainte Menehould and the junction with the A26. It's one of those "forest picnic" stops. The picnic benches have a good view across the fields to the railway line. We saw a couple of TGVs go through during our 30 minute break for lunch which we had bought at the preceding service area. If the farmer plants maize, the view might be more restricted.
QUOTE as non-TGV trains are no longer allowed on the Paris-Strasbourg stretch.
The parts I have seen alongside the A4 motorway are completely new. Are there other parts of the old route which is shared? I guess it doesn't matter what the reason is if they've taken away your train. Whilst not in the same league, the "new improved" timetable introduced in our region (Western) last year was a step backwards for us.
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