Quick overview

In January 2015, SNCF Réseau became the operator of the French railway system. It was created as a result of the merger between RFF, SNCF Infra and the Division of Railway Traffic Management (DCF). It is carrying out its missions with the ambition of reaching ever higher performance levels and balancing its budget by 2020.

SNCF Réseau – the operator of the French railway network

SNCF Réseau is a French EPIC company which – since 1 January 2015 – has included all units responsible for managing the railway infrastructures. It is the single owner and operator of the railway network and brings together all the expertise and skills, which in the past had been dispersed between RFF, SNCF Intra and the Division of Railway Traffic Management (DCF).

As a result of the merger, SNCF Réseau now enjoys clear and efficient governance within a major industrial company under the authority of the French state. This was the aim of the railway system reform. SNCF Réseau works in synergy with the train operator SNCF Mobilités, another French EPIC company which is part of the new SNCF.

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A reform to strengthen and modernise the railway service in France

Two employees looking in the same direction. One is wearing an SNCF tunic, while the other one is wearing an RFF vest. Until 2014, SNCF and RFF employees had a close working relationship. Today they are part of the same state-owned company

On 22 July 2014, the French parliament gave final passage to the reform of the railway system.

The aim of this law is to modernise the French public service by making it both more efficient for all users and less expensive for French society. It is the culmination of a process which started two years earlier:

  • October 2012: Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister of Transport, initiated a modernisation plan of the French railway system following the conclusions of EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) on the state of the French railway network.
  • October 2013: RFF, in partnership with SNCF, submitted the Grand Network Modernisation Plan (GPMR) to the Minister.
  • June 2014: trade unions were consulted and the Minister of Transportation testified in front of the Senate’s Sustainable Development Committee. The law was then submitted to the French parliament.
  • 4 August 2014: promulgation of the law to reform the railway system
  • 1 January 2015: birth of SNCF Réseau