France’s prime minister has vowed to develop “railway highways” to carry food and other goods that now go by truck, as part of a government push to reduce the country’s carbon footprint.
Jean Castex said the “fresh food train” linking the main wholesale market in Paris to the southern city of Perpignan would reopen after that line was closed last year.
“This is a very strong signal the government is giving and it’s a first step in the comeback of railway freight,” Mr Castex told reporters just outside Paris.
The Transport ministry later said those fee measures would cost €63 million a year.
Railways have steadily lost ground to lorries in France over recent decades and account for just nine per cent of the freight market, compared with 45 per cent in 1974 and a European average of 18 per cent.
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