Railways

Carbon market’s free perks need rethink, insists EU watchdog 

The EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) of offering free pollution permits needs to be reviewed and aligned more closely with climate policy if the bloc wants to reap its full benefits, the European Court of Auditors said on Tuesday (15 September).
15-09-2020

Swiss-Austrian alliance plans night-train boost by 2024

New night-train services linking Switzerland with Amsterdam, Barcelona and Rome are going to roll out by 2024, a Swiss-Austrian rail operator alliance announced on Tuesday (15 September).
Outer space 11-09-2020

Energy firm turns to rocket science in bid to green transport

French energy company Engie is teaming up with aerospace firm the ArianeGroup to steal a march on its rivals in the hydrogen production business, by drawing on expertise gained through Europe’s space programme.
02-09-2020

Liechtensteiners say ‘nein’ to new railway

Liechtenstein voters on Sunday (30 August) opposed plans to fund a new international rail link between Austria and Switzerland, which is supposed to pass through the tiny Alpine principality. Over 60% voted no during a national referendum.
31-08-2020

Belgium’s free corona-busting rail pass opens to applicants

A Belgian government plan to boost domestic tourism got up and running on Monday (31 August), as applications for a free railway pass finally opened after a delay of a few months.
Transport 17-08-2020

Transport timetable: What’s moving in late 2020

Europe's transport sector, already hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak, faces a crucial and possibly defining end to 2020. EU and global targets will start to bite, while new technologies will face a challenging acid test.
31-07-2020

EU clears creation of world’s second-largest trainmaker

The European Commission on Friday (31 July) signed off on a merger between French trainmaker Alstom and the rail arm of Canadian firm Bombardier, setting a number of competition criteria in the process.
28-07-2020

E-trains gain upper hand over hydrogen locomotives

Rail operators could make big savings by choosing electric battery power over hydrogen fuel cells when replacing diesel engines, a new study has suggested, although the ever-changing price of energy means the jury is still out on the best power source.
24-07-2020

Spain agrees on terms to open up railway market

Spain's competition watchdog approved criteria on Thursday (23 July) which will allow private companies to compete with state-owned rail operator Renfe's medium-distance and local services, while safeguarding its financial stability.
24-07-2020

Sweden’s night train to Brussels to debut in 2022

The Swedish government announced on Thursday (23 July) night train routes that will link the cities of Stockholm and Malmö with Hamburg and Brussels, in the latest indication that sleeper services are on the cusp of a renaissance in Europe.
09-07-2020

Alstom offers factory sale in return for Bombardier merger approval

France’s TGV high-speed train maker Alstom on Thursday (9 July) offered to sell a French rail factory and make other concessions to win European Commission approval for its planned purchase of Bombardier Inc’s transportation business.
09-07-2020

Air France’s promise to nix domestic flights: Not good enough for the environment

Air France's pledge to end some of its domestic flights in return for billions of euros in government aid is a weak contribution to climate action, as weak railway infrastructure stands in the way of a plane-to-train shift. EURACTIV France reports.
07-07-2020

Dutch sign Eurostar treaty, reducing London journey time

The governments of the Netherlands, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom signed on Tuesday (7 July) an updated version of the Eurostar treaty, which will streamline border checks and shave a full hour off the Amsterdam-London journey time.
03-07-2020

Austria’s trains take over short-haul flight route

Austrian Airlines will cease operating its Vienna-Salzburg route, the flag-carrier announced on Thursday (2 July). Instead, the service will be replaced by more direct trains, in an effort to honour the terms of the government's recent bailout deal.
02-07-2020

Alstom ready to sell assets to get EU merger approval

French TGV high-speed train maker Alstom is prepared to sell assets to secure early EU antitrust approval for its bid for Bombardier Inc's rail division, people familiar with the matter said.
18-06-2020

UK jumps on hydrogen railwagon

The UK government will fund the development of hydrogen trains, with researchers zeroing in on the final stages of a project aimed at cleaning up isolated parts of the British railway network.
12-06-2020

‘Brussels has everything needed’ to be Europe’s night-train hub, say rail advocates

Belgium's capital has all the attributes needed to establish itself as Europe's hub for night-trains, according to a group in favour of resurrecting the services, which also sees the coronavirus crisis and the EU Green Deal as opportunities for rail's most romantic of journeys.
04-06-2020

24 countries sign pledge to boost international rail routes

Twenty-four European countries agreed on Wednesday (3 June) to work together on international rail transport and make it “an attractive alternative” over distances where it is currently not competitive.
Future of mobility 25-05-2020

Four cities call for multi-billion-euro clean bus fund

The European Commission has been urged by to set up a multi-billion euro grant scheme for zero-emission buses and to help cities build new cycle paths, as part of the EU’s coronavirus recovery package.
11-05-2020

Germany plans big bailout for Deutsche Bahn

The German government is planning a multi-billion-euro rescue package for national rail company Deutsche Bahn to help offset the effects of the coronavirus, according to a document seen by AFP on Monday (11 May).
04-05-2020

French railways on track to seek virus bailout

France’s state-owned rail company has suffered losses of €2 billion because of the coronavirus outbreak and may need government aid in order to stave off job cuts. An already-agreed bailout for the aviation industry could end up boosting demand.
15-04-2020

Planes vs trains: High-speed rail set for coronavirus dividend

Europe’s demand for rail travel will increase over the next decade, according to new analysis that cites the public's new-found appreciation for cleaner air and climate issues as a result of the virus outbreak. Airlines are predicted to be the main loser of the train resurgence.
09-03-2020

Dutch test hydrogen train as EU alliance set to launch 

The Netherlands wrapped up testing on its first foray into hydrogen train technology at the weekend, as the European Commission readies a strategy for the clean fuel that will debut on Tuesday (10 March).
04-03-2020

Commission wants to declare 2021 the ‘year of rail’

The European Commission said on Wednesday (4 March) that train travel should be given special attention in 2021 as part of the EU executive's Green Deal environmental agenda, suggesting that next year should be the 'European Year of Rail'.
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