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France prides itself on its rail service (or at last its TGV trains), but a new report suggests it is not in rude health. Here are the key numbers that tell the story of the state of French rail.
A new report by French rail regulator Arafer revealed a few truths about the state of the rail service in France.
That's France's ranking in Europe for the use of the rail system.
In France an average of 48 trains run daily per kilometre of track which is a fairly poor level of usage compared to other countries. For example the Netherlands runs 140 trains per kilometre of track each day and in Switzerland it is 119. Even the UK (96) and Germany (75) make more use of its rail network than France does.
That's the proportion of passenger trains that run on just 9 percent of the country's tracks, meaning half of all services run on just under 10 percent of the total tracks, which illustrates a strong disparity for the use of the network.
Another stat which highlights this problem is that 31 percent of train lines carry just 1 percent of services. In other words a third of the network is not economically viable and could face closure.
This article first appeared on www.thelocal.fr
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