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Cover Story: Issue Issue 29 11 Jun 2012

It’s all happening in France

From new tramways and high speed lines to integrated urban transport involving bike and car share, the French passenger transport scene appears dynamic and positive. So what is the thinking behind the reality? Peter Stonham and Daniel Wright take an in depth look at policy and structure

Peter Stonham and Daniel Wright

Some features of the French public transport system are internationally known – and admired. But the policy, organisational and funding framework behind them is not so well understood, and even the performance of the system in terms of patronage levels, modal split, commercial results and passenger and political ratings is sometimes hard for outsiders to discover.

Amongst the most widely recognised elements are the impresive high speed rail network, the advanced development of urban rail...

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