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Eurostar announced late yesterday that services to Marseille, as well as Avignon and Lyon, due to start last month, won’t now run at all during 2020 or 2021. (more…)

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With 21 Marseille beaches now open, what’s happening to the navettes maritimes which transport people from the Vieux Port to Les Goudes, Pointe Rouge, L’Estaque and Frioul?

They haven’t been servicing the first three ports during the lockdown, but reduced services did run across to Frioul, being an island with a community reliant on the link.

Frioul services have now resumed but at half-capacity due to every other seat being blocked.  So they need more boats, which means fewer for the other ports.  News is that from mid-June there will be a morning and an evening trip to Pointe Rouge and l’Estaque, with no ongoing boats to Les Goudes.

Meanwhile the Metropole transport department is looking to up the number of buses running along the coast to the beaches.

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Good news for cyclists as the lockdown loosens. 

Whilst they have been relatively traffic free, major routes in town are being rethought to provide extra space for people travelling by bike. 13km of road should be freed up.

From 7 May, some bus lanes are being opened up to cyclists, as well as one carriage-way on a dual carriageway road – see diagram from the mairie:

15-20 May – a similar system will be introduced on major routes: avenues Max Juvénal, Malacrida, Henri Mauriat, le cours des minims plus la route de Galice.

In parallel, work is ongoing to work out how to connect these new tracks to existing cycle tracks.  The authorities stress that this is experimental and if heavy traffic returns, the full width of the roads may be needed again; on the other hand, it may be that a shift to tele-working will take place and leave space for cyclists on a permanent basis.

More here: https://www.aixenprovence.fr/Deplacements-un-plan-a-l-essai-pour-le-velo

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The gleaming new Nimes-Pont-du-Gard station opened in January as a busy interchange on the TGV network.

Travellers can reach Paris Gare de Lyon in 2:49hr;  alternatively they can take services to Lyon and Lille in France, or travel south via Montpellier Sud de France to destinations in Spain through the Renfe network.

Nimes itself is 14km/8 mins away by TER.

Read more here: https://www.sncf.com/en/passenger-offer/nimes-pont-du-gard-new-station-benefits

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It’s five months since the new Aixpress bus service was finally launched, with a rather hefty price tag of 99.2m euros.  What are the results so far, and what do locals make of it? (more…)

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Strikes Ahead

The French railway system (SNCF) announced a national and unlimited strike from 5th December some time ago.  Now it looks like other groups are joining in on the same date:

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Following my post on the water taxi service from Marseille’s Vieux Port to Pointe Rouge and L’Estaque closing for winter this weekend, there has been a development. (more…)

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A Ride on the New Aixpress

Taking advantage of Monday’s offer of free rides, we went for a jaunt round town on the new all-electric Aixpress.

My verdict?

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Free Rides Tomorrow

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A Bus tour south of the city

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Sunset apéros on board ‘un bar sur le mer’. (more…)

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