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:
Hervé Le Caignec graduated from École Spéciale des Travaux Publics (TP86) and started his career building and maintaining road infrastructure.
He then oversaw the development and operation of major infrastructure through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) both in France and abroad. He spent 14 years at the VINCI Group, 4 years at SNCF, and 10 years at the Caisse des Dépôts Group. In March 2017, he was named Chairman of LISEA, the concession holder for the Tours-Bordeaux high-speed line.
A graduate of École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Gilles managed the Île-de-France regional branch for Egis Aménagement (transport and mobility engineering, urban development, etc.). He then served as Managing Director of the European Economic Interest Grouping that manages and operates the Mont Blanc Tunnel for ATMB and the Italian Mont Blanc Tunnel Company (SITMB).
He became the new Managing Director of Oc’Via on 1 May 2019.