The situation of rail freight, which has been fragile for many years, was particularly affected by the strike movements of December 2019 and January 2020, then by the drop in activity linked to Covid-19. As part of today's citizens' convention and environmental defence council, the Government is announcing a series of emergency measures to help this mode of transport overcome the crisis and strengthen its competitiveness. These initial measures are intended to be articulated with the future recovery plan, which will include a section relating to rail freight.
Declaration of foreseeable saturation on several sections as part of the pre-construction of the 2021 Timetable of Service
In accordance with the provisions of Article 26 of Decree 2003-194 relating to the use of the rail network translated into Article 4.4.3 of the Network Statement document (NS) applicable for HDS 2021, SNCF Réseau identifies several line sections as likely to be saturated at the end of the construction of the 2021 service timetable.
The year 2019 was a mixed year for RFC North Sea - Mediterranean in terms of both volume and punctuality. In this year 2020, when the whole planet is hit by Covid-19, when the world economy has stopped, when we are all living the same existential experience with its uncertainties and anxieties but also its new solidarity, the year 2019 seems far away.
Fret Ferroviaire Français du Futur (4F) Ambitious plans have been revealed to raise awareness and patronage of the French freight network. The target is to double usage before the end of the decade. A consortium of operators have agreed collaborative terms.