the “Primeurs train”, which connects Perpignan (Pyrénées-Orientales) to the Rungis market (Val-de-Marne), near Paris, must be put back into circulation on Friday, October 22 in the presence of the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, whose government wants to revive rail freight , said Matignon on Tuesday, October 19.
This link, which allows the transport of fruit and vegetables in refrigerated wagons, had been suspended since the summer of 2019 for lack of customers. The obsolescence of the equipment – and, therefore, concerns about the durability of the link – had then been widely questioned.
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The new relationship uses the same principle, but with trains that are half as long. From November to July – during the early harvest season, especially from Spain and Morocco – they will leave five times a week at the end of the afternoon from Perpignan, to arrive before dawn in Rungis.
Victory of the CGT
In December, the government launched a call for expressions of interest to relaunch the line, with subsidies to boot. In September, it selected Rail Logistics Europe, a rail freight subsidiary of SNCF, with a project also including the creation of a “Rail motorway” – loading semi-trailers and containers onto trains – from Boulou (Pyrénées-Orientales) to the port of Gennevilliers (Hauts-de-Seine).
All Perpignan-Rungis trains, made up of twelve wagons into which pallets of fruit and vegetables are loaded directly, were rented by the Primever loader until the end of the agreement, at the end of 2024.
The CGT-Cheminots, which has mobilized a lot for the return of the primeurs train, calls for “(Celebrate) the victory” Thursday in Perpignan in the presence of its secretary general, Laurent Brun, and the secretary general of the CGT, Philippe Martinez.