French, Italian rail groups plan traditional rail links

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The French group Veolia Transport and Trenitalia of Italy plan to offer traditional -- rather than high speed -- train services between France and Italy starting in mid-2011, Veolia said Thursday.

The companies have had to postpone plans to offer high speed services because of problems in adapting equipment for use in both countries, a Veolia Transport spokesman told AFP.

Veolia and Trenitalia will now offer night services -- Paris-Florence-Rome and Paris-Milan-Venice -- in the summer of 2011 and then three round trips a day linking Lyon, Chambery and Turin in late 2011 or early 2012.

© 2010 AFP

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