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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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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). "


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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'Oui au train de nuit' blog and petition

There is also this French initiative 'Oui au train de nuit' with a blog to rescue the night trains in France and with a petition.


Ondertussen in de Verenigde Staten

Tussen Los Angeles en San Francisco rijdt een bus. In de bus kan je slapen en ontspannen reizen, in concurrentie met het vliegtuig.

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Prorail en Europese collega's willen trein aantrekkelijker dan vliegen maken

Het Parool meldt op 16 november 2017 dat Prorail en Europese collega's het internationale treinverkeer makkelijker wil maken. Dat is groot en belangrijk nieuws! Want nu doen ze het tegenovergestelde.

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De European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) willen "technische barrières op het spoor aanpakken. 'Slimme aanpassingen' moeten het reizen per trein goedkoper maken."

De uitspraak valt samen met het aanstellen van Pier Eringa van Prorail als de voorzitter van die vereniging/lobbyclub op 15 november.