France calls for starting ‘railway highway’ for greener economy

France calls for starting ‘railway highway’ for greener economy

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Paris: FranceThe Prime Minister on Monday vowed to develop food and other goods to develop a “railway highway”, which now goes by truck, part of a government push to reduce the country’s carbon footprint.
Jean Castex said a “refreshed food train” connecting the main wholesale market in Paris’s southern city of Perpignon would reopen after it closed last year.
The line will eventually be connected to a wider European line between Antwerp (Belgium) and Barcelona (Spain), he said, and two new national north-south lines will be introduced.
“This is a very strong signal that the government is giving and this is the first step in the return of railway freight,” Castex told reporters outside Paris.
He said that freight trains will be able to use the country’s railway infrastructure free of charge by the end of the year and the fees paid by them will be halved in 2021.
The Ministry of Transport later stated that those fee measures would cost 63 million euros ($ 74.02 million) a year.
Railways have consistently lost only 9% of the land and goods market for lorries in France in recent decades, compared to 45% in 1974 and the European average of 18%.
President Emanuel Macron promised 15 billion euros ($ 17.63 billion) of new funding for the Greiner economy in June, with the Greens trending his party and taking control of big cities in local elections. ($ 1 = 0.8511 euro)


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