Realising railway ambitions

31 January 2017  •  Author(s): Jean-Pierre Audoux , Director General of the French Railway Industry Association (FIF),

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Today the French railway manufacturing industry has to contend with two major challenges: sustaining a high level of activity in the rolling stock manufacturing sector and modernising the national rail infrastructure network. Jean-Pierre Audoux , Director General of the French Railway Industry Association (FIF), takes a look at the current situation and what lies ahead.

While the ‘Belfort Saga’ – given extensive national media coverage – was a political bombshell of sorts, the situation in which the rolling stock manufacturing sector currently finds itself is merely consistent with a trend that began five years ago.

In the wake of the Grenelle Environment Summit (2008-2009) that delivered a national consensus in favour of sustainable development and the promotion of alternative transport modes, starting with rail, the question of the competitiveness and future of this mode paradoxically became headline news in France in early-2010.

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