France will Make Major Investment in Rail Freight Operations Over Ten Years

France will Make Major Investment in Rail Freight Operations Over Ten Years
September 25, 2009 9:47 am

In what is France’s biggest-ever rail freight investment programme, the government has announced a plan to invest $11.8bn in rail freight transport infrastructure over the next ten years.

The plan, ‘Freight for the future’, plans to grow the freight business of state-owned railway SNCF to 25% of the overall railway by 2022, an increase from the current 14%.

The current figure of 14% is a fall from 21% in 1996 and is due to the rising popularity of roadways and the prevalence of foreign rail firms on international routes.

Of the total investment, the government will spend $10.3bn and the remaining $1.5bn would come from SNCF. Money would be used on various infrastructure projects such as on loading and offloading areas, cargo corridors, high-speed freight services, rail truck shuttles and TGV routes for goods transport and local and regional rail freight networks.
A new port freight service will also be set up in Le Havre and La Rochelle. is a railway information and news platform. Website presents from all around the world railway sector news, developments, projects and tender for the sector specialists. Railwaynews supports to industry events and announced them for potential participants. Railwaynews plans to collecting data from all around the world, about railway infrastructure, rolling stock, railway transportation datum, geographical datum to present for railway professionals for short term. Railwaynews will build new platforms aims to high value railway business environment for all railway specialists, railway fans and especially railway suppliers and their decision makers. Railwaynews presents whole information from rail professionals to rail professionals.

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