FRENCH RAILWAYS ON THE UP

This article discusses developments in French National Railways (SNCF) during the last two years. The expected separation of the infrastructure led to the formation of Reseau de Ferre France (RFF), which remains state-owned. During 1998, the prospects of SNCF improved greatly, and the performance of its main line passenger business was the best for ten years. SNCF remains responsible for managing and maintaining the railway track and other infrastructure. RFF pays SNCF for these services, but charges track access fees for its trains. Although RFF is expected to break even, its receives considerable French Government support, together with infrastructure development funding from regional and local governments and government funding to meet debt interest payments. SNCF is responsible for organising and maintaining operational traffic as well as infrastructure. One of its top priorities is continual track improvement to ensure smooth traffic flow and punctual services. The 5.3% rise in main line passenger services is partly due to many service enhancements. 20% of the passenger traffic turnover is for international services, and high-speed (TGV) rail plays an increasingly important part. Together, RFF and SNCF and Belgian, Luxembourg, and Italian railways have set up the first cooperative 'Freightway' freight corridor.

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    MACK-BROOKS PUBLISHING LTD

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  • Authors:
    • CORMACK, J
  • Publication Date: 1999

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 40-1
  • Serial:
    • Rail Bulletin
    • Volume: 11
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: MACK-BROOKS PUBLISHING LTD
    • ISSN: 0963-9578

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00768660
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 10 1999 12:00AM