Signing of the framework agreement in the presence of Patrice Vergriete, Minister for Transport (centre), Matthieu Chabanel, Chairman and CEO of SNCF Réseau (right) and Laurent Fourtune, Chairman of Kevin Speed (left).

Kevin Speed to launch three new high-speed lines in France

Signing of the framework agreement in the presence of Patrice Vergriete, Minister for Transport (centre), Matthieu Chabanel, Chairman and CEO of SNCF Réseau (right) and Laurent Fourtune, Chairman of Kevin Speed (left). Kevin Speed

In a massive leap forward for market opening in French rail, the SNCF will no longer be the only option for those wishing to travel at high speed between the French capital, and three major cities: Lille, Lyon, and Strasbourg. Yesterday, the new railway operator Kevin Speed, founded in 2021, signed a framework agreement with SNCF Réseau for the launch of its ilisto service.

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

2 comments op “Kevin Speed to launch three new high-speed lines in France”

John rdam|02.03.24|00:39

Why competition on the existing SNCF connections? That will mostly attract existing passengers.Why not filling the gaps in the SNCF network by running more direct trains not beginning/ending in Paris, avoiding a change of stations in Paris? Like Lille – Strasbourg, Lille – Lyon – Marseille?

Oliver Walker|20.03.24|14:32

How is it less ‘Parisianism’ if all connections only go to Paris and stop there?

Why can’t passengers, imagine(!) go from Lille to Lyon & Marseille, or on to Spain?

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