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France announces new EUR170m plan to support rail freight industry

France's Government announced (13-Sep-2021) a new rail freight support plan on 13-Sep-2021, allocating approximately EUR170 million p/a over the next three years to 2024. The government plans to distribute the aid in the following manner:

  • 50% coverage of tolls owed by freight operators to SNCF Réseau;
  • EUR70 million to purchase wagons;
  • EUR47 million to support the operation of combined transport services;
  • EUR15 million to railway development. [more - original PR - French]
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