The record for the longest Green Bond was previously held by Energias de Portugal (EDP) and Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg (EnBW), which had a maturity of 60 years.

Funds from the latest bond will be used to finance eligible projects, including maintenance-related investments, energy optimisation projects and investments in new infrastructure.

So far SNCF Network has raised €5.4bn through its Green Bond programme, including €.28bn this year, ranking the company second in the French Green Bond market and seventh globally.

The company raised €900m in 2016 through the first ever Green Bond issue by a railway infrastructure manager and a further €1.75bn through two subsequent issues in 2017.

Last month Italian State Railways (FS) announced plans for its second Green Bond issue to finance the acquisition of new freight and passenger rolling stock.