SNCF: Franco-German lines open to competition in the Grand Est

Wikimedia This is a first in France. The Grand Est region

is preparing to open cross-border rail lines to competition from SNCF, to Germany to take effect in three years, we learned on Friday 26 December, near of the community. In its plenary videoconference, the Regional Council voted to initiate the procedure for the operation of seven links representing a total of 480 kilometers from Metz (Moselle), Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin) and Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin) to the German border towns of Trier, Saarbrücken, Neustadt, Karlsruhe, Offenburg and Müllheim, located in the Länder of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saar and Baden-Württemberg. It plans to start operations on December 8 2024, after the notice of call for competition

that it will publish at the end of this month in common with the three Länder, in order to designate the laureates mid – 2020. Of a period of 15 years, the market is divided into two lots, one from Metz and one from Alsace, for an operating volume estimated at 6.4 million trains -kilometers per year, of which two-thirds in French territory.

A “first in France for the cross-border” It constitutes a “first in France for the cross-border”, underlined to AFP Jean Rottner, president (LR) of the Regional Council. According to the executive of the Region, these lines represent a development potential that is currently underutilized by the SNCF

. The market, which includes the take-over of SNCF staff, will be open to “any operator, French, German or other”, added David Valence, vice-president for transport, during a press briefing on Wednesday. According to Mr. Valence and Evelyne Isinger, regional adviser in charge of cross-border mobility, the opening will multiply the offer by two to four depending on the sections, in response to a “strong demand”, and it “will even create it” on the Metz lines -Trèves and Strasbourg-Karlsruhe, “which will go from zero weekday trains to 8 and respectively 15 return trips per day “.

The Grand Est forms a basin of approximately 12 million inhabitants and . border workers with the territories of the three Länder which border them.

The question of the technical compatibility of rolling stock is “settled in advance” , underlined Jean Rottner, thanks to the order by the Régi on for 375 millions of euros of 26 Alstom trains that can run on both French and German networks. According to Mr. Rottner, investments to modernize infrastructure will be essential. This item is not part of the contract, but an agreement of 790 between the French State and the Grand Est region sets the principles, specified Mr. Valence.

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The Grand Est has already opened up to competition, procedure in progress, lines internal to its territory, between Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) and Contrexéville (Vosges) and between Strasbourg, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges and Epinal (Vosges). Receive our latest news Every morning, the information at retain on financial markets .