In the Toulon harbor, the Brégaillon terminal in La Seyne-sur-Mer is once again connected to the national rail network. After the connection had been interrupted for a dozen years, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Var, the port manager, decided to rehabilitate the terminal in order to support the development of freight traffic in Brégaillon.
Two years of work were necessary, until a first test train arrived at the terminal on April 23 using the new facilities.
The aim was to test and validate, under real conditions of use, the traffic procedures for the terminal's connection with the SNCF station at La Seyne-sur-Mer.
The operation was conducted with the support of RDT 13, leader of the RDT 13/SFERIS consortium managing the ITE, and SNCF Réseaux, with container handling being carried out by the CGMV company, the terminal's handler.
"Suspended since 2009, rail operations at the Brégaillon terminal are now back in service, strengthening the accessibility and competitiveness of the Port of Var and consolidating its capacity for modal transfer.
Transport by rail will be able to start this summer with one or two trains per week departing from the La Seyne-Brégaillon terminal.
Goods and new vehicles arriving by ship will then be able to leave the terminal not by road but by rail to reach the major industrial or automotive logistics centers in France, Northern Europe and even Great Britain," explains the Var Chamber of Commerce.