DB & SNCF agree continued partnership
24 September 2014 • Author: European Railway Review
On 23rd September at InnoTrans 2014, DB and SNCF jointly agreed to continue operating high-speed trains between Germany and France in a joint venture until at least 2020.
DB CEO Rüdiger Grube and SNCF CEO Guillaume Pepy formally signed the agreement in the presence of the German and French Transport Ministers – Alex Dobrindt and Alain Vidalies.
The two operators have been running high-speed trains between Frankfurt, Munich and Paris (under the Alleo brand) since 2007 – with a Frankfurt to Marseille service added in 2011 with the opening of the LGV Rhin-Rhöne.
When the second phase of France’s LGV Est high-speed line opens in mid-2016 between Baudrecourt and Strasbourg, journey times between west Germany and Paris are estimated to be reduced by a further 30 mins. DB and SNCF will then look to increase the number of daily Alleo services from 20 to 24 using DB’s Class 407 ICE3’s once they are approved for operating in France.