Regions recommend flexible approach to TER tendering

Under the terms of the EU's Fourth Railway Package, French regional passenger services are to be opened up to competitive tender from the end of the decade.

The national framework should also enable those regions wishing to retain SNCF to directly award it an operating contract running until the end of 2023. New French law should not go further than the European legislation, say the regions, enabling direct awards after 2023 under certain conditions.

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