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France spends $20.5B on trains too wide to fit railways—report

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 08:12 PM May 23, 2014

railMANILA, Philippines – France has admitted it spent $20.5 billion buying new sets of trains that were too wide to fit most of the railway stations they were supposed to pass through, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal quoted French magazine Le Canard Enchainé as saying that the accidental spending was discovered too late and that the country needed to spend another $68.5 million to alter 1,300 of France’s 8, 700 railway platforms to accommodate the new trains.

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It quoted a political leader as saying the error was “an inexcusable waste of public money.”

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