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A new variable speed travelator is being used in Montparnasse in Paris, writes Brian Richards. Supplied by French manufacturer CNIM, which supplies the escalators to London Underground, the moving pavements connect the rail station to the metro.

'Gateway'as it is called, uses small rollers to accelerate or decelerate passengers between 0.75m/sec and 2.25m/sec, saving about three minutes on journey times, as well as reducing sweatiness.CNIM believes that for distances of 500m or so, the system will compete with the shuttle network alternative.

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