January 25, 2013

SNCF welcomes 2 billionth TGV passenger

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FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) will today carry its 2 billionth TGV passenger since the first high-speed line opened in 1981, which it describes as a "real popular success and a European record."

SNCF president Mr Guillaume Pepy and the director general of SNCF Voyages Ms Barbara Dalibard were at Paris Gare de Lyon station today alongside a large numerical counter to show when the 2 billion point has been reached.

SNCF says TGV has become an integral part of French life, with 83% of the population having travelled on TGV at least once. TGV services are now carrying 127 million passengers a year. The 1 billionth passenger was carried in 2003, and SNCF expects to carry the 3 billionth in 2020.

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