FRENCH infrastructure manager SNCF Network has launched a €1bn innovation partnership called Argos to develop a new generation of computer-controlled interlockings, with Alstom, Ansaldo STS, Siemens and Thales taking part.
THE French Senate voted by a large majority on June 5 in favour of the new railway bill to reform French National Railways (SNCF), allow open-access passenger operation, end restrictive working practices, and put SNCF on a sound financial footing.
FRENCH prime minister Mr Édouard Philippe confirmed at a press conference at the Hôtel de Matignon in Paris on May 25 that the state will take on €35bn of French National Railways’ (SNCF) €47bn debt if unions allow the administration of president Emanuel Macron to move forwards with its rail reform programme.
HS1 Ltd, the owner and infrastructure manager of the high-speed link between London St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel, says it is in discussions with Eurotunnel, SNCF Network and Lisea about introducing direct London - Bordeaux high-speed services.
A financing agreement committing €116.9m in EU funding towards the deployment of ERTMS on the Paris - Lyon high-speed line was presented to French transport minister, Ms Elisabeth Borne, by European Transport Commissioner, Ms Violeta Bulc, at the TEN-T Days event in Ljubljana on April 25.
FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) says it achieved a marked improvement in its commercial and business performance in 2017, but revenues remain “insufficient” due to the huge debts of SNCF Network, which rose a further €1.7bn to €46.6bn.
FRENCH infrastructure manager SNCF Network is planning to close the Gisors - Serqueux line in Normandy for two years to enable electrification and modernisation of the 50km line, which will become an alternative route for freight traffic to the port of Le Havre.
FRANCE’s finance minister Mr Bruno Le Maire confirmed to the National Assembly on November 21 that the state will provide a €1.7bn loan to ensure the CDG Express rail link to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is completed in time for the 2024 Olympic Games, which will be hosted by the French capital.