TGV to Marseille possible, says CFL chief

	A high speed train heading to Paris at Luxembourg’s central station
 Flickr user Gerard-Nicolas Mannes/Creative Commons (2012)

A high speed train heading to Paris at Luxembourg’s central station  Flickr user Gerard-Nicolas Mannes/Creative Commons (2012)

Travel: The French national railway has proposed launching direct high speed train service between Luxembourg and the south of France.

Direct high speed train service between the Grand Duchy and the south of France could potentially launch in two years time, the new general director of Luxembourg national railway CFL has said in a speech.

Marc Wengler suggested that TGV links to Marseille and Montpellier could possibly go into service in March 2016, according to an article published Tuesday night on newspaper Tageblatt’s website.

The potential service was proposed by French national railway SNCF, a CFL spokesman told Delano on Wednesday morning. No agreement has been made and no start date has been confirmed, the spokesman stated.

Wengler was speaking at a meeting of public transport campaign group Aktioun Öffentlechen Transport, Tageblatt reported. Reaching the southern French cities would take roughly seven hours, if the mooted plan were to be put into place.

SNCF suggested starting the new service to Marseille and Montpelier as part of talks surrounding the “TGV-Est” project. The Grand Duchy is contributing €40 million to upgrading the rail line to Strasbourg. High speed service to the eastern French city is expected to launch in March 2016.

Wengler was named head of the Luxembourg railway last December.

CFL and SNCF launched TGV service between Luxembourg’s central station and Paris, which takes two hours, in 2007.