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France pays $20 billion for trains that don’t fit its stations

22
May
2014

French state-controlled railway operator SNCF will be forced to modify more than a thousand stations after it was revealed that the 1,860 new trains it ordered at a cost of  €15 billion ($20.5 billion) are too wide for many of the countrys platforms. The mistake, which was revealed by satirical magazine Le Canard Enchainé, has already cost SNCF more than €50 million ($68.4m), as the operator started quietly shaving the edges of affected platforms. The new regional express trains, due to go into service in 2016, were ordered after SNCF consulted with rail network operator RFF. Responding to SNCFs request for platform dimensions, RFF sent over measurements — but only for stations built in the last 30 years.

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