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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travellers in Europe,
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). "
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).
Het Europese parlement heeft een onderzoek besteld naar de nachttrein met de titel "Passenger night trains in Europe: the end of the line?" volgens Railway Gazette
Interessant is vooral dat er wat gedaan moet worden aan de prijs om rails te gebruiken, dat is het grootste obstakel nu. Belangrijk voor de nachttreinen "to ensure their viability is not undermined by mark-ups to infrastructure charges."
"The report says that while night train services have declined, they still contribute to the mobility needs of European citizens.
Although ‘it seems unlikely that the night train sector will grow beyond a small niche’, the authors say that their suggested measures may help ensure their survival."
Op nu.nl het nieuws dat de helft van de Franse nachttreinen verdwijnt, want onrendabel. Een belangrijk zinnetje is onvertaald gebleven.
Le Monde schrijft: "Le secrétaire d’Etat (…) invitait de nouveaux opérateurs ferroviaires à se manifester et à proposer de « nouveaux schémas d’exploitation innovants » pour ces trains nocturnes."
Dus, nieuwe exploitanten worden uitgenodigd met een innovatief voorstel te komen! Deze petitie vraagt er om. Tekenen!
In the Guardian news about SNCF ending sleeper trains in France. Deutsche Bahn already did it in Germany.
Apparently hefty track access fees are an obstacle, not only wages