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Paris match?


I have just returned form a family holiday in Euro Disneyland. I discovered that Paris has a suburban rail network called RER. The network covers the whole Paris area and goes to towns some 40km beyond in all directions.

The trains on all lines run every 10 minutes, on time. The bus station is generally adjacent to the station. There is disabled access via lifts.

As if this was not impressive enough, Disneyland has its own TGV stop at the end of one of the RER lines. It is part of the main North-South route from Lille to the Med that bypasses Paris.

The children were particularly delighted with the double deck trains. They run at nearly 200mph, again on time, and are extremely comfortable.

The question I ask is why are we not following the French example? They really have got one over us here.

Paul Shaw, 20 Argyle Way, Dunblane, Perthshire FK15 9DX

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