Major change coming to baggage after musicians' anger | EUROtoday

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VS'is an announcement that ought to delight some very specific vacationers. As reported by BFMTV on Wednesday July 3, musicians can now take TGV trains with their “non-standard” devices, resembling double basses and harps. During the summer time trip interval, between July 1er July and September 8, the SNCF is experimenting with a devoted location for these devices whereas baggage measuring greater than 1.30 m is prohibited.

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The areas appropriate for accommodating these devices are situated in top quality in double-decker TGVs and in second class in single-decker TGVs. Ouigo are usually not affected by this measure. “The use of this space is then linked to the purchase of a seat nearby, that is to say for the musician the purchase of a seat in first class, in compulsory “enterprise first” or in second class depending on the case, explains the SNCF.

A free service set to become paid

Another rule imposed on musicians who will travel with their instrument is that it must be transported in a labeled soft cover and must not exceed 1.95 m, cover included. If this experiment is free for travelers, this service will become chargeable if it is continued by the SNCF.

READ ALSO SNCF limits the number of bags on its TGV inOui and Intercités trainsMany musicians' associations had made their voices heard to call on the SNCF to change its rules regarding bulky luggage – while skis and snowboards are, for example, allowed on board TGV trains. In the event of a breach of this rule, passengers were exposed to a fine of 150 euros or were even turned away by controllers at the time of boarding. Their request has therefore been heard and could extend beyond September 8.