THE train operating arm of French National Railways, SNCF Mobility, achieved a 3.7% increase in turnover to $14.26bn for the first half of 2015 due to a slight improvement in the French economy, special offers to stimulate rail travel, and strong growth in SNCF's Keolis and Geodis subsidiaries.
FRENCH Rail Regulator Araf has rejected plans for a rolling road service between Pas-de-Calais and the Spanish border because it believes the concession structure adopted for the project could harm competition and risks impacting the performance of passenger services.
CAPTRAIN, the international railfreight subsidiary of French National Railways' logistics unit SNCF-Geodis, has restructured the management of its Dutch and port services businesses, placing them under the control of Captrain Germany.
ALPINE Rolling Motorway (AFA), the piggyback shuttle service between France and Italy operated jointly by SNCF Geodis and Trenitalia, has gained 52 new customers in the six months since the 12.2km Mont Cenis tunnel was cleared for trains carrying 4m-high semitrailers.
The semi-trailer market offers a huge growth potential for European intermodal operators providing height restrictions on key transalpine corridors can be overcome. Anitra Green reports on a technical innovation that could provide an answer.