How have AGIFI members helped to develop the rail network?

Members of the Association have made a significant contribution, using their methods, visions and performance-based culture to modernise the railways and make them more competitive.  They are keen for AGIFI to showcase the relevance of their contribution and the Private-Public Partnership model.

Private-Public Partnerships help drive rail network performance and modernisation
AGIFI’s contribution to public debates on railway operation and the future of the railways in France and Europe.

AGIFI’s contribution to public debates on railway operation and the future of the railway sector in France and Europe.

The 22nd Transport & Mobility Forum (10.11.2015). From left to right: Fabienne Keller, senator for the Lower Rhine; Philippe Duron, MP for Calvados, President of the French Transport Infrastructure Finance Agency (AFITF); Christophe Pélissié du Rausas, Chairman of AGIFI; Louis Nègre, senator for Alpes-Maritime, Working Group Chair “Mobility & Transport”, President of the Confederation of Transport Authorities (GART).

The 22nd Transport & Mobility Forum (10.11.2015). From left to right: Fabienne Keller, senator for the Lower Rhine; Philippe Duron, MP for Calvados, President of the French Transport Infrastructure Finance Agency (AFITF); Christophe Pélissié du Rausas, Chairman of AGIFI; Louis Nègre, senator for Alpes-Maritime, Working Group Chair “Mobility & Transport”, President of the Confederation of Transport Authorities (GART).

AGIFI provides a platform that independent railway infrastructure managers can use to contribute to public debates, allowing them to join in discussions on regulatory, political and economic issues, and more generally on any issue associated with the future of the railway sector, optimising methods of operation and the private sector’s contribution to the existing system.

Involvement in debates on the railway sector at the national level

The August 4, 2014 Railway Reform calls for the creation of a certain number of bodies so that elected officials, regional authorities, railway companies, private sector operators, trade union organisations and users are consulted on railway operation issues. As the representative for independent railway infrastructure managers, AGIFI attended the public debates organised by:

AGIFI is also a member of the Railway Safety Tracking Committee set up in September 2014 by Alain Vidalies, Secretary of State for Transport, to check that rail transport safety policies are applied and to rally stakeholder support by reviewing the effectiveness of measures and identifying areas for future progress.

Loïc Dorbec, Vice-Président de l’AGIFI, représente l’Association sur l’ensemble des sujets liés à la sécurité ferroviaire

Loïc Dorbec, Vice-Président de l’AGIFI, représente l’Association sur l’ensemble des sujets liés à la sécurité ferroviaire

Safety is a topic of major importance to AGIFI and the Association encourages its members to provide as much feedback as possible in this area.

Involvement in public debates on opening up the railway sector to competition

Independent railway infrastructure managers firmly believe that the railways can no longer be operated independently – they need to introduce more competitive, efficient and better quality services. Opening up the railways to competition may act as the trigger for bringing the French railways into the 21st Century. Case studies from other countries show that opening the railways up to competition is generally beneficial. AGIFI members however feel that France can only follow such a path gradually, firstly by launching a pilot scheme involving certain services where this would be appropriate. It would help identify any impediments to an open market and help to put all operators on an equal footing and provide them with equal network access.