\r\nThe government believes this will allow Fret SNCF to operate according to economic and financial market rules. Following recapitalisation of Fret SNCF, the new company could be created in the first half of 2020.\r\nFret SNCF\u2019s debts currently amount to around \u20ac4.3bn, representing more than half of the overall \u20ac7.9bn debt of SNCF Mobility.\r\nThe government wants Fret SNCF to develop a profitable business plan based on traffic growth, a reduction in overheads, improved efficiency, and the introduction of innovations in the offer to customers and train operation leading to the development of the digital freight train. Philippe has asked SNCF\u2019s management to draw up an operational and industrial plan for the recovery of Fret SNCF\u2019s finances and strengthening service quality.\r\nThe government says rail\u2019s share of the freight market has halved since 1990 and is now only 11%, compared with 23% in Germany. Philippe has therefore asked the minister of transport, Mrs Elisabeth Borne, to finalise a series of actions designed to benefit rail freight. These include:\u2022 renovation of facilities dedicated to rail freight such as service roads and freight-only lines\u2022 securing quality train paths for freight, and\u2022 moderation of increases in track access charges.