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Deutsche Bahn and SNCF plan a fast direct connection between Berlin and Paris. In addition, the ICE and TGV high-speed trains between Frankfurt and Stuttgart and Paris, launched 15 years ago, are to be expanded, both lines announced on Tuesday in Strasbourg.

There are also talks about other high-speed connections from Germany to southern France. The heads of railways of both countries, DB president Richard Lutz and SNCF president Jean-Pierre Farandou, have signed an agreement to expand the connections.

From Berlin to Paris in seven hours

“High-speed traffic between Germany and France is an excellent example of how attractive connections promote cross-border rail traffic,” said DB CEO Lutz. “Our planned new direct link between the hearts of our two capitals will inspire even more people to travel by train.” The new connection is to start at the end of 2023 or in 2024. Future journey time from Berlin via Frankfurt and Strasbourg to Paris should be around seven hours.

In 2021, half of all travelers between Frankfurt and Paris would choose the train over the plane. According to travel data, there were up to nine out of ten travelers between Stuttgart and Paris.

So far, it runs from Frankfurt to Paris six times a day, four times via Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken, and twice via Karlsruhe and Strasbourg. There are five trains between Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Strasbourg and Paris. The TGV Frankfurt-Marseille runs once a day. The railways are not yet able to say how many additional trains will be on which routes in the future. The expansion of the Saarbrücken-Ludwigshafen route is expected to be completed by 2025, which will enable shorter journey times along the route.

Regional traffic is developing in border regions

The connection from Cologne to Paris, where trains run exclusively through the subsidiary SNCF Thalys, remains excluded from the German-French high-speed traffic. Special tickets are required for these express trains. There are no plans to integrate with the DB and SNCF tariff system in cross-border traffic.

Significant improvements in regional transport between the French border region and Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Baden-Württemberg are also planned from the end of 2024. The regional trains are scheduled to run every hour on the routes from Strasbourg via Wissembourg to Neustadt, from Strasbourg via Wörth to Karlsruhe and from Metz to Saarbrücken. A two-hour cycle is planned between Strasbourg and Saarbrücken, Trier and Metz, and Mulhouse and Müllheim. The train will run between Strasbourg, Kehl and Offenburg every 30 minutes. Which railway company will run these trains is determined in a tender.

The night train Prague-Berlin-Brussels is delayed

We have bad news from another train project. The planned night train connection between Prague, Berlin and Brussels has been delayed. “Preparations are in full swing, but the Brussels-Amsterdam-Berlin-Prague night train is not expected to be launched in summer 2022,” the Dutch start-up European Sleeper said on Tuesday.

The company wants to establish a connection together with the Czech transport company Regiojet. “To avoid disappointment” no new date is initially given. Initially, there was no information about the causes.

Both companies announced the plan in early April last year. Both companies announced then that the offer is to be addressed not only to tourists, but also to business travelers and people working in the EU institutions. The trains will have carriages with seats and sleeping places. Free internet access is also available. (dpa)

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