For Railcoop, history is on track. The first cooperative society of collective interest in France designated for the rail industry, on Wednesday, September 22, obtained its rail company license. A crucial step. “Following the order published in the Official Journal on Wednesday, this license is valid for carrying out passenger transport services, freight transport and traction only”, and this must be launched no later than June 30, 2023., Railcoop said in a statement.
The cooperative, which has more than 9,000 members, will not wait: its first freight service will be launched on November 15 between Aveyron, Lot and the logistics hub of Toulouse-St-Jory.
Subsequently, on June 26, 2022, Railcoop, which aims to “open up the territories while participating in the ecological transition”, will offer its first passenger service, depending on Lyon Part-Dieu in Bordeaux via the stations of Roanne, Saint- Germain-des-Fossés, Gannat, Montluçon, Guéret, Saint-Sulpice-Laurière, Limoges, Périgueux and Libourne.
About forty euros
It will take around 40 euros to make the entire Lyon-Bordeaux trip, which will last around 7:30 am. Two departures from Lyon and two departures from Bordeaux are scheduled each day. Eventually, an overnight journey in each direction could also see the light of day.
The cooperative, which must now obtain its safety certificate, issued by the Public Establishment of Rail Safety (EPSF), is studying the operation of other lines such as Thionville-Lyon-Grenoble, Metz-Lyon-Grenoble and Metz-Lyon- Saint Etienne.