Railways

26-05-2021

Poor infrastructure stops France from exploiting alternatives to fuel-guzzling cars, trucks

Although 90% of all goods in France are transported by road compared to the EU average of 75%, more eco-friendly alternatives, like rail and river transport, cannot fully be exploited due to the poor infrastructure currently in place.
21-05-2021

France hops on night train craze, reopens Paris-Nice line

The Paris-Nice night train - which is both cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the conventional train - reopened on Thursday with French Prime Minister Jean Castex on board. EURACTIV France reports.
07-05-2021

‘European Year of Rail’ fails to stem train company COVID losses

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt by European train companies, with 2021 figures released by the rail sector showing losses across the board, despite EU attempts to promote rail transport.
29-04-2021

Rail companies should upskill workers for shift to digital: EU Commissioner

The digitalisation of the rail sector will create ‘quality jobs’ but many existing workers will need to reskill to meet the demands of new technology, according to EU employment commissioner Nicolas Schmit.
15-04-2021

Rail and aviation set for showdown over 2022 ‘European Year of’ status

Rail associations are calling on the European Commission to extend the current “European Year of Rail” designation to 2022 as the ongoing pandemic has disrupted this year's planned activities. But some MEPs argue that next year should be the “European Year of Aviation” to support the struggling airline sector.
Aviation 13-04-2021

France to ban some domestic flights where train available

French MPs have voted to suspend domestic airline flights on routes that can be travelled by direct train in less than two and a half hours, as part of a series of climate and environmental measures.

Commissioner supports modernising, expanding EU railways

European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform Elisa Ferreira has expressed her support for expanding railways in the European Union, calling for investment in modernisation and regional connections.
24-02-2021

France, Britain urged to rescue Eurostar from bankruptcy

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum have called on the French and UK governments to support the financially-moribund Eurostar, as they did with struggling airlines.
18-02-2021

EU to offer young people free Interrail passes for 2022

The European Union will gift 60,000 young people a chance to explore Europe by train in 2022, as the ‘DiscoverEU’ programme relaunches following its pandemic-driven hiatus.
29-01-2021

Rail sector posts multi-billion euro losses amid pandemic in 2020

European rail companies lost a staggering €26 billion in 2020 as the COVID-19 epidemic took a heavy toll on passenger and freight revenues across the continent, boding ill for 2021, designated to be the 'European year of rail'.
Central Asia 21-12-2020

Kazakhstan: the new EU Green Gateway to East Asia.

As the European Union is revising the TEN-T rail freight corridors under the new Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, the effective connection of the Eurasian rail routes with the EU Core Backbone Network is a key priority, writes Pierre Borgoltz.
18-12-2020

EU Parliament adopts rules to keep Eurotunnel working

The European Parliament adopted temporary rules on Thursday (17 December) to allow the Eurotunnel handling vehicle and freight traffic under the Channel between the UK and France to keep operating.
17-12-2020

No light yet at end of Channel Tunnel Brexit talks

Talks between France and the United Kingdom over the management of the Channel Tunnel risk failing as the EU’s plan for the rail link is “absolutely unacceptable”, a UK government minister said on Wednesday (16 December).
Future of mobility 09-12-2020

European transport’s green drive on the starting line

The European Commission launched on Wednesday (9 December) its vision for how to clean up transport’s emissions act, as part of a four year action plan designed to help the bloc hit its 2050 climate-neutrality target.
08-12-2020

Four countries pledge night-train nirvana in Europe

Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland agreed to boost night-trains on their rail networks on Tuesday (8 December), with a host of new services connecting cities across Europe due to launch at the end of 2021.
30-11-2020

Italian and German trains hitch up to hydrogen bandwagon

Rail operators in Italy and Germany are turning to hydrogen power in an attempt to make their train networks more environmentally friendly, with Deutsche Bahn, partnering up with Siemens, among the trailblazers.
26-11-2020

Eurostar on the ropes and ‘fighting for survival’

Cross-Channel high-speed rail operator Eurostar is “fighting for survival” and has urged the UK government to help it ride out a coronavirus-induced collapse in passenger numbers, as Westminster this week signed off on tax relief for major airports in England.
13-11-2020

2021 on track to be ‘European Year of Rail’

Next year will be designated the 'European Year of Rail', after EU negotiators agreed on Thursday (12 November) to back a train-travel-boosting plan. 
28-10-2020

Europe’s fledgling night-train revival feels virus bite

Night train services across Europe will be put on hiatus in November, Austria’s railway company announced on Wednesday (28 October), as soaring coronavirus case numbers make cross-border routes untenable for the time being.
27-10-2020

Eurostar’s Amsterdam odyssey kicks off to little fanfare

Cross-Channel rail operator Eurostar operated its first direct service between Amsterdam and London on Monday (26 October), nearly a year later than originally scheduled. However, due to the worsening health crisis, the train ran nearly empty between the two capitals.
20-10-2020

The Channel Tunnel: the other Brexit border?

On 8 October 2020, the European Parliament approved legislation to ensure safe Channel Tunnel operations post-Brexit transition. In addition to COVID-19, Brexit will have far-reaching consequences for cross-Channel border connections. History highlights what is at stake.
02-10-2020

Railway rights reform falls flat

A long-awaited update to the EU’s train passenger rights codex was finally brokered on Thursday (1 October) but the agreement has left consumer groups and rail advocates more than disappointed.
Aviation 25-09-2020

Aviation is an irreplaceable force for good in the world

Aviation’s precious role in society is at risk, as borders remain closed and influential voices in Europe call for permanent curbs on flying, warns Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury.
24-09-2020

Eurotunnel on track for Brexit disruption as talks falter

The UK government was accused on Tuesday (22 September) of failing to ensure the cross-Channel rail link can continue to operate after the Brexit transition is over, while EU officials are yet to confirm their plans for the tunnel.