For 70 years, the Montenvers funicular railway, that connects Chamonix and the Mer de Glace, has been owned by the Department of the Haute-Savoie. During this term, management of both the service and the infrastructure has been contracted to the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc (CMB) by way of a Delegation of Public Service (DSP) contract. That contract will end on 31 December 2023.
On Monday 9 October 2023, the elected representatives of the Departmental council of the Haute-Savoie, voted almost unanimously, not to renew the contract with the CMB, but to take over the management of the Montenvers funicular railway service and its assets. To do this, they elected to create a Public Industrial and Commercial Establishment (EPIC), which will be registered on 1 December 2023.
Within the EPIC, the elected members of the community have chosen to implement a personalised management system with a Board of Directors, a President and a Director.
The transition from the CMB to the EPIC will effectively take one year.
From 1 December 2024, the iconic red cogwheel railway will be managed directly by the community. The Compagnie du Mont-Blanc (CMB) will no longer operate the famous line.