The French Master Plan for High-Speed Rail Services

by Gérard Mathieu, SNCF French Railways, Paris, France,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Speed Ground Transportation Systems I: Planning and Engineering


Some 4,700 km (2,919 mi) of new line designed to operate at speeds of 350 to 400 kph (217 to 248 mph), associated with a network totaling some 11,000 km (6,832 mi) of existing lines upgraded for higher speeds, are the main features of the French Master Plan for high-speed rail services approved by the Inter-Ministerial Development Commission on May 14, 1991.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Rapid transit systems | High-speed rail | Infrastructure | Urban development | Railroad tracks | Rehabilitation | France | Europe

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