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RFF’s impressive rail network modernisation plan

4 December 2013  •  Author(s): Matthieu Chabanel, Deputy General Director, Marketing and Planning, RFF

On 15 October 2012, Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) was ordered by Transport Minister, Frédéric Cuvillier, to table proposals to deliver major rail network modernisation (GPMR). Delivered to the Minister on 19 September 2013, the plan proposed is consistent with efforts to create a shared, long-term vision for rail transportation. According to the plan, €15 billion are to be earmarked for the network – in other words €2.5 billion per year – while a further €2.3 billion are to be specifically devoted to maintenance. But modernisation plans are not an exercise in allocating funds. The aim of the proposals set out in the GPMR is to lay the foundations for a new methodical approach to the network, where user requirements are central to the works scheduling rationale. The plan is, therefore, inextricably linked with the creation of a fully-fledged infrastructure manager and an integrated industrial public-sector group. The purpose of this article is to highlight the key principles that will shape network renewal and modernisation in the coming years.

New approach to network maintenance and modernisation – key principles

Ambitions for the French rail network over the next 10 years are running high, with the dual target being to put the network back on track on a sound and lasting basis, both financially and technically, and to rise to a multiplicity of overarching challenges (safety, traffic regularity and growth, simplifying train usage, shift towards renewable energies, etc.). To cater to these challenges, a new approach to network maintenance and modernisation is a ‘must’.

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One response to “RFF’s impressive rail network modernisation plan”

  1. Attila Lüttmerding says:

    Dear Mr Chabanel,
    we kindly would like to present you our new report about “Level of service on passenger railway connections between European metropolises” published as the “Reports of the Transport and Spatial Planning Institute. Vol. 15 – ISSN 1868-8586 (IVR Band 15)” as download under
    or directly under

    Hope you find it interesting. Any thoughts or comments are welcome. Feel free to forward it to anyone who might be interested in.

    Thanks a lot

    Best regards

    Attila Lüttmerding

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