Vinci subsidiary to replace 675km of French tracks

The French rail network has almost 30,000km of track (Remi Jouan/CC BY-SA 3.0)
French rail infrastructure operator SNCF Réseau has chosen Vinci Construction subsidiary ETF for a five-year contract to renew 675km of track on the French rail network.

ETF will carry out work package two, a scheme worth €118m that will start in January 2024. It involves replacing around 135km of track a year, Vinci said in a press release.

The company will use two proprietary systems to carry out the work: a 550m-long ‘factory train’ that replaces tracks and fasteners, and a newly built 432m-long unit that will carry new track to the worksite and remove old lengths.

It has previously carried out track replacement and ballast renovation in built-up areas, following a contract signed with SNCF Réseau in 2015.

This latest contract is part of a performance plan agreed upon between the French government and the operator, signed in April.

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