IN less than twelve months the LGV Est high speed rail track between Paris and Strasbourg will open.
The new route will cut journey times in half giving travellers the chance to take the TGV to eastern France and on to Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland.
With a planned opening date of June 10, 2007 the three billion euro project will see over 400 km of new track laid, with 221 road crossings and more than a million sleepers used in its construction.
The TGV Est European website features timetables for the service with trains leaving Paris every hour or so and the journey to Strasbourg taking just over two hours.
It will also be possible to travel direct to Stuttgart as well as reach Mulhouse and Zurich in around four hours.
In France there will be new stations built with the Champagne-Ardenne TGV station located 5 km from Reims, the Lorraine TGV station, in the commune of Louvigny, 27 km from Metz and the Meuse TGV station around 30 km from Verdun.