Nearly 150 people gathered on Tuesday, May 25th, for a demonstration called by the CGT union, in front of the Ministry of Transport in Paris and on the docks of Saint-Charles in Perpignan in order to ask for a timetable on the reactivation of the produce train, promised several times by the government.
According to Julien Berthélémy, secretary general of the CGT union in the Pyrénées-Orientales, “the government has no choice but to bring back the produce train. They have now made too many promises for two years.”
The rail line relaying the Saint-Charles platform to the Rungis market had been stopped in July 2019. However, the line represented no less than 10,000 truck trips per year. “We just have to put the merchandise on the train and it goes. It is less expensive and goes faster,” explains Julien Berthélémy. “It is a whole economic logic that is undermined by the interests of the trucking lobby and it is not acceptable.”
Several dates have already been mentioned for the reopening of the line, but the Ministry of Transport is not yet able to provide details.