AGIFI members secure funding and develop innovative financing schemes to build major railway infrastructure projects. They assemble complex financial packages for each project through a combination of equity, bank financing, and public funding. They know how to manage these packages over the long-term and find innovative optimisation mechanisms.
These complex projects took between 5 to 6 years to complete, from the signature of the agreement to delivery under the deadline, and allowed for three new lines to be launched in the same year.
In total, close to 13 billion euros were invested in these projects, half of which came from the private sector.
AGIFI members also provide long-term servicing and maintenance of the infrastructure they build. They must meet stringent performance criteria and offer users top-quality infrastructure. Maintaining equipment and infrastructure to the strictest safety and reliability standards while remaining profitable is challenging in technological, economic, and organisational terms.
Maintenance bases are built as close to the lines as possible to facilitate this work. ERE and Oc’Via each have two maintenance bases, while LISEA has four.
AGIFI members with concession contracts are responsible for operating their own line sections. On sections operated by independent infrastructure managers, train path allocation and traffic management are managed in close cooperation with SNCF Réseau, since the public and private sectors must work hand-in-hand. This entails: