Analysis

France seems to welcome competition on the rails, yet new services keep getting postponed

SNCF regional train
SNCF regional train SNCF / Laurent Mayeux

Only one competitor to the state-owned railways SNCF currently runs trains on the French network. This is Italy’s Trenitalia, which has been running on the Paris-Lyon-Milan axis since 2020. Although there are quite some plans for new services by new operators, many keep getting postponed. This raises the question of whether current conditions are suited to actually achieve a more broad offer of rail services in France. 

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Author: Esther Geerts

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Analysis

France seems to welcome competition on the rails, yet new services keep getting postponed

SNCF regional train
SNCF regional train SNCF / Laurent Mayeux

Only one competitor to the state-owned railways SNCF currently runs trains on the French network. This is Italy’s Trenitalia, which has been running on the Paris-Lyon-Milan axis since 2020. Although there are quite some plans for new services by new operators, many keep getting postponed. This raises the question of whether current conditions are suited to actually achieve a more broad offer of rail services in France. 

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Author: Esther Geerts

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