Earlier this year, the French government announced it would make some serious investments in its transportation infrastructure—which translates today to details about five new high-speed train lines, expected to criss-cross the country by 2023, reports The Local France. These technically aren’t new routes; instead, France will upgrade both train cars and existing “regular” rail lines to make them both high-speed TGV. Here’s where the “new” lines will run, and what it all means for you:
Bordeaux–Toulouse: It currently takes travelers more than four hours to go by train between the wine region of Bordeaux and historic Toulouse, with its landmark churches and convent, in France’s southwest. A new high-speed connection will shave off an hour, and the train stations in both towns will be upgraded, reports The Local.