Colas Rail enters French rail freight market with new subsidiary
Colas Rail, a rail company active in the United Kingdom, can now carry out traction and freight operations in France. This will be possible through its newest subsidiary, Colas Rail Traction, which recently obtain its rail licence.
The new entity will be based in Louveciennes, west of Paris, and will employ 140 people. The main activities that Colas Rail Traction will carry out include the transport of machines and work trains as well as freight. This is not Colas Rail’s first step into France. The company already has a subsidiary speicialised in rail design, construction and maintenance, Colas Rail France.
Colas Rail is a subsidiary of the French engineering group Bouygues. Founded as Seco Rail, its main activities initially revolved around railway construction and maintenance. For example, the company was involved in the construction of High Speed 1, the railway connecting London to the Channel Tunnel. The company became a rail freight operator in 2006 and quickly became one of the largest entities in the UK.