THE BIG-TICKET TGV

An accountability problem

Format: HD
Duration: 52 ’
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Available version: French
Rights: All Rights | Worldwide

Synopsis

Since its launch in 1981, the TGV has transported 2 billion passengers. But this technological marvel is not immune from failures: deficits running in the billions of euros, frequent delays, expensive tickets.

Why is a Paris-Bordeaux ticket so costly during the school holidays even when booked months in advance? With budgets so tight, was the 6 billion euros Bordeaux-Toulouse line to gain 6 minutes really needed?

How to explain that a private company owns part of the TGV line when the railway company is government owned? Are there any consequences for users?