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People & Profit – Citizens’ rail: The cooperative launching train services in France

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France’s railways are being opened up to private operators, as part of a process that will see state-owned SNCF face competition on high-speed and local routes. A group of citizens in rural France have seized the opportunity to launch their own rail cooperative, which will begin its first passenger services from Bordeaux to Lyon next year. Railcoop has attracted thousands of small investors so far. Deputy Managing Director Alexandra Debaisieux tells us about the project’s origins and ambitions.

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