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« on: February 24, 2023, 04:03:14 pm »

I posted about last November's announcement of "RER métropolitain" plans as a minor point in another thread, not thinking it would amount to much. Well, it has amounted to a much bigger announcement, at least. From Reuters:
France plans to invest 100 billion euros in rail infrastructure by 2040

PARIS, Feb 24 (Reuters) - France plans to invest 100 billion euros in rail transport by 2040 as part of a government push to reduce the country’s carbon footprint, the government said on Friday.

The plan, aimed at expanding and upgrading the rail network, includes launching express commuter trains similar to the Paris RER system in major cities, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said.

The announcement seeks to tackle perceived inequalities between Paris and other parts of the country when it comes to public infrastructure, exacerbated by soaring energy costs that have made transport expensive for millions of commuters.

Of course pre-announcement of a lot of spending can be quite cheap, even more so if it's also partly a re-announcement. It's finding the cash when it's needed that hurts. Mind you, French governments have a better record for actually carrying out their expensive promises than ours. And as usual for French infrastructure projects, they will be raiding other piggy-banks as well as their own:
France would make the planned investments together with national rail operator SNCF (Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais - French National Railways), the European Union and local governments, she [Elisabeth Borne] said.

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2023, 07:54:59 pm »

There's a little more substance at

Bear in mind with French public transport that there's a "Versement Transport" - basically a payroll tax of 2.85% in Greater Paris and a bit less elsewhere which gives some fairly big pots of cash to pay for this stuff.

Much as with the UK (United Kingdom), there's a huge amount of income inequality between Paris and the French provincial cities, whilst the big cities are overcrowded and short of housing, so there's probably an element of a "leveling up" agenda.
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