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Night trains in Europe

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The time has come for cheap, easy and comfy night trains! Book online, board in those hours before midnight in your private hotel room on rails. Get off the train the next morning in the hours after arrival.

No hassle, good for the environment, safe. And most of all, reliable because of a relaxed schedule.

Unfortunately the European Commission gambles on high speed rail for international train transit. Attempts by the current state rail companies to make international night trains attractive fail again and again. They can not rethink their business, but only adjust their legacy slightly. Allow and promote new price fighters in this business. Just like what happened in EU aviation.

This petition falls under the competence of the EU; the "free movement of goods, capital, services, and people"

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Petition

We

travellers in Europe,

 

observe

  • travel per night train becomes a luxury product

  • Europe only focuses on the development of a European high speed rail network

  • no big investments in infrastructure are necessary to run regular night trains

  • travel per regular night train with many wagons is per definition more energy efficient then a high speed train

  • the rail companies are challenged by competitors like state airline companies were confronted with price fighters

  • there are many deserted railway yards in industrial zones near major cities where platforms can exploited, like deserted military airports are used by price fighters in aviation

  • the capacity of the rail network can be maximised by slow night trains mixed with the current cargo traffic and maintenance.

  • travel by night train is currently not as easy as:

"book online, board in the evening after supper before midnight in full hotel room on rail and get off in the morning in the city of your destination (or sleep a bit longer in your room). "

 

and request

to open up the European rail network for commercial price fighters with international night trains and possibly commission a European tender for the start up phase for such initiatives (for example for investments in equipment that meets the European safety regulations).

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Le Monde: Europe's Night Train Nostalgia: Quiet Rebirth Of Sleeper Car Travel

A new Vienna-Brussels line has just opened, while in France only two night lines still exist, compared to a dozen ten years ago. (...) read more.

2020-02-28

Dutch position paper on international rail services

The Dutch government is disappointed that international rail travel is not included in the Green Deal. So a memo went to the EU Commission.

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2020-02-23

New York Times about night trains

"Dick Dunmore was the lead author of a 2017 study into night trains by Steer Group, a consulting firm, for the European Parliament. He said the main obstacles for night trains were track access charges, low occupancy in sleeping carriages, once-a-day routes and the complexity of staffing at night." NYT, Dec 23, 2019

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2020-01-30