German Transport Minister Criticises That Train Drivers Have To Be Changed At Borders Because Of Different Languages, And That This Increases The Cost

After 70 years of the fragmented current system, just 4-5% of travellers crossing borders internally within the EU use passenger rail.

Transport Minister Dr Volker Wissing has recently identified major cost drivers that cause cross-border rail to be so much more expensive than flying. One of them is train drivers changing over at the internal EU borders, which would be avoided if a single language were adopted.

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Paris To Barcelona By Train Every Day At A Low Fare – Why Does Nobody Sell This Connection?

(c) Thibault Constant

• Paris to Barcelona (in both directions) is one of the most popular cross-border transport corridors in Europe.
• Unfortunately, there are still very few high-speed trains on this route, and these are often very expensive.
• There is a very reasonable night train connection available as well, with one single change of train in the French border town of Latour-de-Carol.
• But WHY is this rail connection not shown on any website or app, and WHY is it not sold anywhere in a single booking transaction?

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‘Belgium’s approach to encouraging night trains should be emulated across Europe’

The Belgian measure in which night train operators will pay nothing for track access fees and energy over the next two years should be adopted across Europe, says ALLRAIL, which represents new entrants in passenger rail. The organisation celebrates the launch of European Sleeper last week, the “first ever – independently owned – scheduled long-distance rail operator to depart from Belgium”.

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The First Ever Independent Scheduled Long-Distance Passenger Rail Service Departs from Belgium

A few days ago, history was made in Belgian passenger rail: European Sleeper was the first independently owned scheduled long-distance rail operator to depart from Belgium. Its new night train is commercially driven - not a Public Service Obligation (PSO) - and links Belgium, the Netherlands with Berlin in Germany.

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FS Trenitalia Ha Paura Di Competere Con Deutsche Bahn (DB) In Germania?

Negli ultimi anni, l'operatore ferroviario italiano Trenitalia ha dimostrato che la concorrenza tra diversi operatori statali dell'alta velocità sugli stessi binari ha portato a una rapida crescita del numero di passeggeri. Questa è un'ottima notizia per il trasferimento modale verso la ferrovia.

Inoltre, nel prossimo futuro, Trenitalia prevede di gestire treni ad alta velocità anche per la Germania. 

In questo caso, però, Trenitalia stipulerà un accordo con l'operatore storico tedesco di proprietà statale Deutsche Bahn ("DB"). Perché? Trenitalia ha troppa paura di competere in Germania?

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