The railway company recorded the loss of this market in the context of the call for competition. The elected representatives of the Paca region have yet to validate this decision.
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For the first time, the SNCF is on the verge of losing a TER line in France, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, led by the right, having proposed to its elected officials to choose Transdev to operate the link between Marseille and Nice. If the regional elected officials confirm this choice on October 29, it would be the first railway line escaping the SNCF in the context of the competition.
SNCF reacted by press release and recorded the loss of the market. “This choice marks (…) the realization of the opening up to competition for which we have been preparing for a long time, where our organizing authorities are free to choose operators other than ourselves”, says Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF Voyageurs.
Three companies were in the running to win this Marseille-Nice line, which concerns 10% of regional traffic in terms of the number of trains offered: SNCF, Transdev and Thello, a subsidiary of the public Italian railway company Trenitalia. The 10-year concession contract is estimated at 870 million euros. “From 2025, traffic will be doubled” going from seven daily round trips to 14, depending on the Paca region.