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.
COVID-19 recovery funds risk closing down the long distance passenger rail market in Poland
The Polish government’s new draft recovery plan foresees the purchase of significant amount of new long distance rail rolling stock: 38 Push-Pull train sets and 45 locomotives with subsidy of €482.5 million. But with a big catch: the state-owned long distance rail operator “PKP Intercity” is the only beneficiary.
Krajowy Plan Odbudowy zagrożeniem zamknięcia rynku kolejowego w Polsce Pozbawienie sensu jednolitego europejskiego obszaru kolejowego
Nowy polski rządowy projekt planu odbudowy przewiduje zakup dużej ilości taboru kolejowego dla połączeń dalekobieżnych za znaczące środki pienieżne: 38 zestawów kolejowych typu Push-Pull oraz 45 lokomotyw z dotacją 482,5 miliona euro. W pozornie dobrej informacji, jest ale jeden haczyk: jedynym beneficjentem jest państwowy operator kolejowy PKP Intercity.
To celebrate EU Green Week 2021, ALLRAIL is proud to become a partner of the EU Startup Prize for Mobility
In this current EU Green Week, ALLRAIL is proud to become a new partner of the 2021 “European Startup Prize for mobility” 1, which is competition backed by EU Parliament & EU Commission promoting more innovation in order to achieve sustainable mobility.
Rail still has less than 8% market share in European passenger transport. Finally it is time to reduce the cost of entry for startups so that they can introduce new concepts that will achieve modal shift to rail.
Ban flights on European routes that trains can reach in 4 hours or less and when there are night trains
earlier this month, France banned domestic flights on routes where passengers can complete the same journey by train in under 2 ½ hours. This is welcome indeed – France must be commended! But 2 ½ hours is not enough to cover all high speed rail journeys within the country. And why not apply the same measure to cross-border rail journeys as well? Last but not least, what about a similar measure to grow night trains?