SNCF Réseau launches center for reuse of railway materials

The Paris – Lille high-speed line will be renewed with recycled ballast, starting in 2022. A new center for the reuse of railway materials has been set up by infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau and six companies from the Hauts-de-France region. 

Using recycled ballast for the renewal of the Paris – Lille high-speed line will be a first in France, says SNCF Réseau. It is one of the uses of the new center for the reuse of railway materials.

The Lille la Délivrance project aims to develop a sustainable sustainable supply chain for products from railway dismantling and deconstruction of buildings. For 3 years, a total of seven companies will establish a common market for recycled products, which will supply the railway and building industries.

The circular economy

The aim of the project is to establish a new model of local economy, and to create new flows of materials while reducing the ecological footprint. It will allow to reuse 95 per cent of the products of railway depots in the long term. Various materials from the railway will be recycled or reused, such as ballast and single and double block concrete sleepers.

Based on the principles of the circular economy, the project consists of setting up a centre for the recovery and recycling of aggregates from the crushing of sleepers and a common market that will allow the companies to sell their products to the public. In this common market, both railway and construction companies can obtain supplies of reused materials.

Initiated by SNCF Réseau and the TEAM2 cluster, the project is based on a partnership of companies and a research laboratory based in the Hauts-de-France region. It consists of the companies Cantaur, Simes, Eqiom, Ikomobi, Rabot Dutilleul, and the Civil Engineering and Geo-Environment Laboratory of the University of Lille.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor of RailTech.com

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