DB and SNCF extend cross-border high-speed rail partnership

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The chief executives of Deutsche Bahn (DB) and SNCF have agreed to continue the joint operation of high-speed rail services between the two countries until 2020.

Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the InnoTrans 2014 trade fair in Berlin, DB’s Rüdiger Grube and SNCF’s Guillaume Pepy said they were pleased to continue the partnership, which was first established in 2007.

More than 10 million passengers have used services through the Alleo subsidiary since it launched seven years ago.

A number of service improvements are set to be delivered in the coming years.

From spring 2016, journey times between Paris and Stuttgart will be cut by 30 minutes. At the same time, journey times between Paris and Munich will also be reduced, allowing the introduction of an additional high-speed service between Paris and Stuttgart.

Passengers travelling between Paris and Frankfurt will also see improvements from 2016, with quicker journey times and an additional weekday service.

DB is also hoping to eventually introduce its ICE 3 trains onto cross-border routes.

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