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'High Speed Trains are Killing the European Railway Network', Low Tech Magazine, December 16, 2013

[High Speed Trains are Killing the European Railway Network, Low Tech Magazine, December 16, 2013]

High speed rail is marketed as a sustainable alternative to air traffic. According to the International Union of Railways, the high speed train “plays a key role in a stage of sustainable development and combating climate change”. As a regular long-distance train traveller in Europe, I have to say that the opposite is true. High speed rail is destroying the most valuable alternative to the airplane; the “low speed” rail network that has been in service for decades.

The introduction of a high speed train connection invariably accompanies the elimination of a slightly slower, but much more affordable, alternative route, forcing passengers to use the new and more expensive product, or abandon the train altogether. As a result, business people switch from full-service planes to high speed trains, while the majority of Europeans are pushed into cars, coaches and low-cost airplanes.

'End of the line for Europe's iconic night trains?', Philip Oltermann, The Guardian, 12 Sep 2014

"Loss of cross-border train services in Belgium follows worrying trend - The Belgian government’s decision to end subsidies for Thalys services to small towns in Wallonia has raised questions over the ‘right to rail", Dave Keating, European Voice, 18 Mar 2015

'Europe has lost its way on cross-border train services', Keith Barrow, IRJ, 26 Feb 2015

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Written by beleben

August 12, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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