The good news: Paris' super-busy Charles de Gaulle international airport is getting an express train to run non-stop into the city centre in just 20 minutes.
The not-so-good news: it's almost a decade away, with the 32km line not expected to open until 2023.
ironically, the Charles de Gaulle Express has been an on-and-off project for almost the past decade – but the French government says it is now committed to the €1.7bn (A$2.65bn) project intended to alleviate overcrowding on the airport's local RER rapid commuter lines.
An estimated eight million passengers used the suburban train to shuttle between Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris in 2013.
Construction on the first 8km of track needed to join up to the existing rail network will begin in 2017, with the CDG Express terminating at Gare de l'Est (Paris East) station.
It's expected that the project may be partially funded by a €1 surcharge on all tickets for flights into and out of Charles de Gaulle airport.
A one-way ticket on the CDG Express is projected to cost €24 (A$37), compared with under €10 for the suburban train.
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