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France launches express rail project linking Paris to airport

Published on Jan 24, 2014 6:57 AM

PARIS (AFP) - After many years of hesitation, France's government has launched a 1.7-billion-euro (S$2.1 billion) project to link Paris to its main international airport, Charles de Gaulle, with an express train that will go into operation in a decade's time.

French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said construction on the eight kilometres of track needed to join up to the existing rail network will begin in 2017.

Once complete in 2023, the CDG Express, as the link will be known, will speed travellers non-stop along the 32km between the capital's central Gare de l'Est railway station to the airport in just 20 minutes.

That is twice as fast as the existing suburban train that stops along the way, and which is often overcrowded and stalled by technical problems.

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