France seeks new operator for overnight trains

April 7, 2016

Written by  Keith Barrow, International Railway Journal

FRENCH secretary of state for transport Mr Alain Vidalies announced on April 1 that the government has invited expressions of interest for the operation of all but two of the Lunéa overnight services currently operated French National Railways (SNCF).Website Insert Cars and Financing copy

The French government confirmed in February that it would withdraw all funding for six Lunéa services from July, but would seek the continued operation of these trains on a commercial basis by a third party. Services to be tendered include:

  • Paris Austerlitz – Cerbère
  • Paris Austerlitz – Hendaye (Irun)/Tarbes
  • Paris Austerlitz – St Gervais/Bourg St Maurice
  • Paris Austerlitz – Nice
  • Luxembourg – Nice/Port-Bou, and
  • Strasbourg – Nice/Port-Bou.

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