A special TGV test train has begun high-speed testing on phase two of the LGV Est high-speed railway in France.
A total of 200 trial runs will be made between Baudrecourt and Vendenheim – the second part of the LGV Est corridor, which will cut travel times between Paris and Strasbourg considerably once complete.
The first 300-kilometre phase of the high-speed TGV line was completed in 2007. Work began on phase two in 2010.
Dynamic testing will continue until spring 2016, with the test train reaching speeds of up to 352 km/h – 10 per cent faster than the line’s 320 km/h operating speed.
SNCF Reseau said it hopes to receive authorisation to begin operating passenger services along the entire LGV Est route by the end of Q1 2016.