Discovered almost 40 years after its first showcase, the new TGV model, TGV-M is starting to become a flare of France’s railway industry and its interesting approach to design and sustainability. Portraying the high-speed train, recalling its history, and focusing on its net-zero approach.
TGV entered the pavilion on 22 September 1981. It traveled for the very first time from Paris to Lyon in just 2 hours and 40 minutes. It was renamed by newspapers across the world as a “Concorde-style train”. The TGV – the acronym for Train a’ Grande Vitesse(high-speed train), has become a symbol of France across the world.
After almost 40 years later, French President Emmanuel Macron discovered the next generation of TGV trains at Paris’s Gare de Lyon. It was the same station where then-President Francois Mitterand first unveiled the service to the world.
EMMANEUL MACRON’S STATEMENT
Emmanuel Macron addressed his people at the station and stated that high-speed train as a “technological miracle” that will surely facilitate France to establish a “new railway deal to preserve their country’s railway system”.
When it will be entering into service in 2024, the new generation of high-speed trains will primarily focus on lowering the environmental impact. It will offer a lower cost and environment-friendly alternative to short to medium-haul air travel.
” This decade will be the decade of the new TGV, innovation and new ways for traveling for our constituents”Emmanuel Macro
THE TGV: A SIGN OF FRANCE ACROSS THE WORLD
Taking inspiration from Japan’s Shinkansen high-speed train from Tokyo to Hokkaido, the TGV was made to realize the fact that it cuts railway journey times. It connects more parts of France to Paris. It was when initiated in 1981, the high-speed network- part of a wider set of operations lugged out by French national railway company SNCF. It focuses on linking Paris to the southeast via Lyon.
PRESIDENT MITTERAND’S STATEMENT
During his inauguration in 1981, President Mitterand said that
” The TGV is a symbol of France across the world which states that France is a great and inventive nation, well placed to compete in the technology race”
TGV trains were firstly going at a speed of 180km/h. It was faster than their Japanese counterpart – but in the next 40 years, it became faster, reaching today’s speed of 320km/h.
That is how it reformed the rule of train travel. In the last 40 years, TGV has become a symbol of the French railway. It inspires the concept of similar trains across the world.
High-speed trains had started to enter the market in the early 2000s to mid-2000s in Italy. Firstly with Frecciarossa in 2008 and the Italo in 2012. In the UK, Eurostar has linked London to European cities such as Paris and Brussels. While domestically HS2 will offer faster journey times.
On Friday, Macron dropped the french flag on the next generation of high-speed train TGV M. The French President stated it as a “formidable symbol” that is going to reclaimed spaces and will win the hearts of the people of France.
Macron announced a $7.7 billion plan to redevelop and revive the TGV network and the state-run rail company SNCF, which includes new lines that serve cities such as Nice and Toulouse, also the lines serving smaller communities. He also stated that this plan also includes improving rail freight service.
The new TGV M model will carry more travelers – up to 740 travelers from 600. It moves between cities at a top speed of 320 km/h while it consumes 20% less electricity.