France is facing a multi-million pound bill after ordering 2000 new trains which are 3cm (1.18 inches) too wide for many of its platforms.
The incredible mistake means that 1300 stations will have to be upgraded so as to accommodate the trains.
“It’s an outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money,” said Jean-Claude Delarue, of the SOS-Usagers transport pressure group which campaigns for a better deal for commuters.
“The mistake is a hugely embarrassing one and it is not the first time that it has happened. The bureaucrats responsible are completely out of touch.”