Non! France's New Trains Don't Fit on Platforms

Which is going to cost at least $110M to fix

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 21, 2014 3:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – The good news: France is getting 2,000 shiny new trains. The not-so-good news: It seems those shiny new trains, which CNN notes ran a hefty $20.5 billion, are too wide to fit in many of the nation's 1,200 platforms, making actual travel difficult. The forehead-slapping quote from a rep for national rail operator RFF: "We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognize that and we accept responsibility on that score." The cost of that responsibility, in the form of repairs made so far, is $110 million and counting, reports Reuters. Apparently RFF submitted dimensions from platforms less than 30 years old, the problem being that many stations are older and have a narrower gap between tracks.

A passenger runs to take an high-speed train  at Saint-Charles railway station, in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, June 13, 2013.
A passenger runs to take an high-speed train at Saint-Charles railway station, in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, June 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
TGV high speed trains are parked near Gare de Lyon station in Paris, Thursday, June 13, 2013, as French rail workers strike.
TGV high speed trains are parked near Gare de Lyon station in Paris, Thursday, June 13, 2013, as French rail workers strike.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
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