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A few days before the big summer vacation, train tickets are snapped up. 8 million have already been sold for July and August. Thursday, June 23, the SNCF announced an increase in the capacity of its trains. Whether that will be enough remains to be seen.
Full trains and crowded platforms: this is what the journey of many vacationers on the rails could look like this summer. Already eight million train tickets have been sold. In a hurry to leave, travelers anticipated. “We preferred to book earlier to at least be sure not to pay too much“, testifies a traveler.
Ensure the 3,000 daily journeys: this is the challenge of the summer for the SNCF. In a technical centereverything is scrutinized, inside and outside the train. Those are indeed the last days and the last adjustments before the crossover. They are therefore crucial to avoid any breakdown that would immobilize trains at the platform. For the summer, the SNCF is just in time. Each of its 800 trains must run. To cope with the influx of passengers, the trains will be optimized, with double-decker trains having more seats. Other trains will be assembled for the same journey. Despite these efforts, some specialists believe that the SNCF supply will be insufficient to meet demand.
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