Rock Rail France

Supporting liberalisation of rail travel

Rock Rail has developed new innovative funding solutions to support liberalisation and devolution of rail passenger transport across the French regions. Rock’s model offers a 4th Railway Package compliant, highly competitive, off-balance sheet solution for the financing of new and existing rolling stock and other rail infrastructure.


Flexible, off-balance sheet, value for money solution

Rock provides Regional Passenger Transport Authorities and operators with a reliable strategic partnership to support their post-liberalisation rolling stock strategy, enabling regions to benefit from significant up-front funds for investment in the rail system.

The Rock approach offers fixed, long-term lease pricing, based on low cost funding from direct institutional investment, for initial and future leases.

It facilitates liberalisation by providing separate frameworks for train ownership and operation. Rock assumes residual value, releasing and ownership risk, providing a truly flexible and off-balance sheet solution that removes the need for public funding.

Meeting passenger and rail industry needs over the long term

Drawing on its track record of successful rolling stock project management and delivery, Rock provides specialist asset management services covering all stages of procurement and on-going operation. It also provides a funding mechanism for and management of upcoming mid-life upgrades.

Rock works collaboratively with transport authorities, operators, manufacturers and maintainers, delivering high performance at lower costs and ensuring that its fleets meet the needs of passengers and rail industry partners over the long term.