August 29, 2014

France – Germany HS services carry 10 millionth passenger

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GERMAN Rail (DB) and French National Railways (SNCF) marked a milestone for international high-speed services between Germany and France on August 29, when they carried their 10 millionth passenger on their ICE and TGV services from Stuttgart and Frankfurt to Paris.

A total of 5.6 million passengers have travelled on the Paris – Saarbrücken – Mannheim – Frankfurt route since June 2007, while the Paris – Strasburg – Stuttgart – Munich service has carried 4.4 million passengers.

Ridership on the two routes increased by 6% in 2013 to reach a total of 1.6 million passengers.

DB says that rail has a 66% market share in the air/rail modal split on the Paris – Stuttgart route and 27% on Paris – Frankfurt, which has a journey time of four hours.

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