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The train now standing at platform one?

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OneFootInTheGrave

OneFootInTheGrave Report 2 Apr 2013 09:17

Le train est actuellement de plate-forme une

Der Zug stehen nun an der Plattform ein

It has been reported in today's Times that Britain’s first new big railway in more than a century looks likely to be run by an overseas operator.

The franchise to run the trains on London’s £15 billion Crossrail route has
been opened to tender and the operators of the Paris Metro, the Hong Kong
mass transit system, and the state rail company of Germany have emerged as
early favourites.

RATP, of France, MTR, of Hong Kong, and Deutsche Bahn have expressed clear interests in running Crossrail in a competition being run by Transport for London.

Is there no British organisation capable of running this ?

RolloTheRed

RolloTheRed Report 2 Apr 2013 09:52

ca va

The French for platform is "le quai"

No.

RATP (regie autonome transportes Parisienne) has taken over some British city bus operations with great success.

Anyone who has ever used the RER (resaux express regional) in Paris and its region will see the franchise going to the French as very good news. Much better than either Network Rail or LondonTransport.

The other two are make weights.

a bientot

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 2 Apr 2013 10:00

I was going to say maybe then they will be clean and on time. I would like to think cheaper but I doubt it.

+++DetEcTive+++

+++DetEcTive+++ Report 2 Apr 2013 10:19

So much of our infrustructure and services are now owned by companies registered abroad, it's scarey.

OneFootInTheGrave

OneFootInTheGrave Report 2 Apr 2013 10:44

I agree +++DetEcTive+++, it is scary, especially in the essential services like, water, gas, electricity, communications, and transport :-(

Mayfield

Mayfield Report 2 Apr 2013 11:10

The French own my energy supplier, the Amercians my car supplier, almost everything I buy is made in China my Parliment seems to consist of a large number of Scottish born MP's.
I haven't seen a delivery driver without an eastern European accent for a while now. The Gremans own Rolls Royce the French own Newhaven harbour so why not the trains, the NHS and the army too! :-S

Mayfield :-(

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 2 Apr 2013 11:10

on BBC news this morning - Moscow Underground system - fantastic - cost - 60p never mind how many stations

OneFootInTheGrave

OneFootInTheGrave Report 2 Apr 2013 11:53

AnnCardiff - you off to Moscow then :-D :-D :-D

Porkie_Pie

Porkie_Pie Report 2 Apr 2013 12:39

At least if the French owned the British Army you wouldn't need to worry about your sons and daughters coming back from the front in a box,

They would have surrendered before the first shot was fired.

Roy

Mayfield

Mayfield Report 2 Apr 2013 13:03

:-D :-D :-DPorkie_Pie

Mayfield

RolloTheRed

RolloTheRed Report 2 Apr 2013 16:21

If you take the A4 west from Paris towards Germany after an hour or so you will see the fields full of the hundreds of thousands of French man who died, presumably running away from the Boche.

Poor humour.
:-P