Renfe Mercancias and SNCF-owned rail freight company Viia have started a piggyback service between Barcelona and Bettembourg in Luxembourg. The first train departed on 20 February. It is for the first time that this type...Read more
The French rail infrastructure company SNCF Reseau is set to develop several rail freight projects in the southwestern region of New Aquitaine, to increase rail freight traffic in this area. The focus of the projects...Read more
The railway line between the French city of Belfort and Bienne in Switzerland was reopened on 6 December after more than ten years since the last freight service. Passenger services had been halted even longer:...Read more
Viia, the multimodal subsidiary of SNCF, has launched a new piggyback route between the French port of Calais and Orbassano, close to Turin in Italy. The service moves semi-trailers per rail over a length of...Read more
The SNCF-owned multimodal transport and logistics operator Geodis has launched a multimodal service between Spain and Germany. A train will shuttle between Hendaye, on the border between Spain and France and Metz, on the border...Read more
A new intermodal bypass railway is to be constructed in the French city of Laval, close to Britanny. The bypass will dive under the the regional road 900, while it also functions as a junction...Read more
The European Commission (EC) has authorised the aquisition of the Spanish transport company Primavia by Krone-MurServifrio, also from Spain and SNCF subsidiary Europe Intermodal Holding (EIH).
Krone-MurServifrio is the owner of Primafrio, a Murcia-based road transport...Read more
SNCF, Shift2Rail and Traxens revealed a digital brake testing system for freight trains at trade fair InnoTrans 2018 on Tuesday. It is the first step towards a fully digital freight train, the companies said. The...Read more
French railway operator SNCF is planning to introduce prototypes of driverless mainline trains for freight and passengers services by 2023. Soon after that, the trains will become operative as regular services, the company announced on...Read more
Fret SNCF, the cargo division of the French national railway company will not recover the positions of 700 retired employees from 2018 to 2021, several media reported. These positions represent 14 per cent of its...Read more
Rail freight traffic on Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Mediterranean (RFC North Sea – Med), one of Europe’s nine core network corridors, witnessed it biggest rise last year since the start in 2013. Traffic...Read more
Soft measures are by far the most sustainable approach towards developing railway, said director Europe of SNCF Réseau Paul Mazataud. He was referring to projects in the field of timetabling, traffic management or digitalisation. This...Read more
French railway reforms have been adopted by the National Assembly, confirming most of Emmanuel Macron’s plans to drastically restructure state-owned railway company SNCF. The plan was approved with 454 against 80 votes in favour of...Read more
French president Emmanuel Macron announced that the state will gradually take over the debt of national rail operator SNCF, starting in January 2020. He also confirmed that he will continue pressing reforms of the company....Read more
The SNCF strike in France hits the European rail freight industry hard, and as a result, seriously affects the European market, industry leaders have said. “International rail transport towards Switzerland, Italy and Spain is almost...Read more
Three months of rail strikes by union organisations of national rail operator SNCF started this week. Yesterday and today were the first two days of the strike, which involves cancellations of freight as well as...Read more
The European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) is positive about the ongoing discussions regarding far-reaching reforms of the French National Railways (SNCF). It believes that France is well on its way towards a policy supporting a...Read more
French rail operator SNCF and engineering firm Saint-Gobin say they have been successfully testing a pilot ‘digitised’ freight train between Dunkerque and Dieulouard.
Test trains carrying raw materials to the Saint-Gobin plant in Dieulouard, which manufactures...Read more
French National Railway company SNCF has been criticised by the Court of Auditors over its rail freight policy, which does not offer appealing incentives for freight operators. Moreover, the freight division of the company is...Read more
SNCF and Deutsche Bahn are favourites to become a partner of Renfe Mercancías, Spain’s national rail freight operator, which is looking to expand its cross-border connections.
The Spanish Government is due to start assessing potential candidates...Read more
Crister Fritzon has been appointed as Acting Chairman of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) with immediate effect. Mr Fritzon is Chair of the Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies (ASTOC) and...Read more