The new SNCF Regiolis Regional Express Train (TER) during its presentation at the Vaugirard railway station in Paris (April 2014)
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Two thousand new French trains 'too fat for railway'

The French train operator SNCF has discovered that 2,000 new trains it ordered at a cost of 15bn euros ($20.5bn; £12.1bn) are too wide for many regional platforms.

The blunder has so far cost the rail operator over 50m euros ($68.4m; £40.6m).

Construction work has begun on widening hundreds of platforms.

Christian Fraser in Paris says it is "an embarrassing situation".

  • 21 May 2014
  • From the section Europe
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