France adopts proposal for opening competition in passenger transport

Land planning and sustainable development committee in France has adopted the draft law to open competition in passenger rail transport. The draft law was submitted to the French Senate in September 2017 and received the approval of the State Council this February.
The text sets the legal framework of opening competition and proposes concrete solutions for different aspects: data problems, staff transfer, rolling stock, management of rail stations, access to maintenance facilities. An amendment introduced by the committee stipulates that the state will sign public service obligations to combine profitable lines to non-profitable lines to prevent the closure of less profitable or non-profitable railways.
Following the approval of the Committee, the French State has begun to discuss in plenum the draft law on 28 March.

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