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
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)
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(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. (Read more France stories.)

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