More growth in EU cross-border night trains But many high barriers to entry must still be removed
In ten days’ time from now, on June 27th 2021, a new night train service of the long distance operator Snälltåget1 will depart from Stockholm to Berlin. It will be the first night train that runs in regular traffic between Sweden, Denmark and Germany since the 1990s. Yesterday, the start-up Midnight Trains announced plans to offer night trains between France & other countries. Clearly, private investors believe in night trains – and this will lead to modal shift. But more night time routes could be commercially viable – if only the high barriers to entry were removed.
Position Paper about a future “EU Railscanner”
We welcome the initiative of the current EU German Presidency to boost and facilitate cross-border travel by trains. Across Europe, there are already nine independent digital platforms that enable customers to choose between different rail options and providers.
There is no need for another ‘EU Railscanner’ concept. It has been existing for years!
In recent months, many EU stakeholders have called for setting up an 'EU Railscanner' digital platform, where all available rail options can be found. There is no need for a 10th impartial digital rail platform. Nine already exist!
Railway Gazette: Passenger groups raise concerns about EU passenger rights recast
...ALLRAIL believed that the agreement could lead to further erosion of the availability of through tickets. Mandatory through ticketing with liability for any delay compensation lying with the causer of that delay would have been the ‘fairest and most effective way’ to improve performance, it said, suggesting that making passenger rail travel more attractive would generate additional revenue outweighing the potential cost of compensation.
ALLRAIL Press Conference: Forget the EU Green Deal if there is no fair & equal help for ALL passenger rail companies in the crisis
EU passenger rail has experienced a dramatic decline in demand due to the COVID-19 crisis. Whereas ALLRAIL considers most financial aid schemes taken at the national level as inconsistent and unreliable, there has been some financial help for individual companies. Nevertheless, even though the 2nd wave of the pandemic was predicted months ago, there is still no uniform European strategy that supports all rail passenger rail companies fairly and equally - both operators and ticket vendors - both privately and publicly owned.