Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the imminent return of the Perpignan-Rungis freight line, two years after its shutdown.

The Perpignan-Rungis primeurs train, which had been stopped for more than two years, is due to resume service next October, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced during a trip to Limoges on Monday.

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This line, the last rail freight line to transport goods to Rungis, connects the Saint-Charles International platform in Perpignan (Pyrénées-Orientales), the leading fruit and vegetable marketing, transport and logistics center in Europe, to the market in Rungis (Val-de-Marne), the largest fresh produce market in the world.

As a reminder, the line was interrupted in July 2019, due to the dilapidated condition of its wagons. Elisabeth Borne, then Minister of Transport, had in fact explained to suspend the Perpignan-Rungis: “The question of its durability is raised because of the dilapidated condition of the wagons used, the renewal of which would imply an investment of more than € 20 million and have long-term visibility on the line’s activity. In addition, the renewal of these wagons would imply a period of two years before their entry into service ”.

Since then, despite the government’s declarations of an imminent return, nothing seemed to indicate that rail freight between Perpignan and Rungis would return, to the chagrin of many elected officials from Val-de-Marne and railway unions who had mobilized for the return from Perpignan-Rungis. This was notably the case of the Val-de-Marne senators Pascal Salvodelli (PCF) and Laurence Cohen (PCF), as well as the deputy Mathilde Panot (LFI), who co-signed in October 2019 a column in the newspaper L ‘Humanity to denounce “an ecocidal policy”.

In July 2020, during a trip to Bonneuil-sur-Marne, Prime Minister Jean Castex had already indicated that he was “a Prime Minister deeply damaged by the affair of the so-called primeurs train, Perpignan-Rungis, whose national press s is echoed. It is hard to understand the situation for citizens with these trucks on the roads. […] We have the firm intention of reopening these rail highways ”.

The Prime Minister then praised the merits of a combined means of truck-train transport. According to AFP, it was not implemented because carriers could not find the timetables convenient.

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