As part of the National Resilience and Recovery plan (plan France Relance), the French government enacted specific measures in order to foster green mobility.
Part of these measures target the rail sector, and include the following:
- Allocation to the national rail company (SNCF) the means to modernise its network and increase the frequency of rail transport;
- Investments in rural areas to increase their links with urban areas;
- Development of night trains;
- Adaptation strategy of the railroad network for commodities and business usage with suitable logistical infrastructure and ports in good economic conditions.
The overall announced budget for rail is EUR 4.7 billion, from 2020 to 2022.
A third night train line between Paris and Nice was inaugurated on 20 May 2021. Two others already in place were Paris-Briancon and Paris-Rodez/Latour-de-Carol.