Campaign to save international rail

December 24, 2012

The World Carfree Network has written to the Commission to express concern about the future of cross-border rail services after a mass of cutbacks in international trains. It says the new timetable that came into effect on 9 December saw an end to all direct trains between Barcelona and Milan, Barcelona and Zurich, Bucharest and Belgrade, and Brussels and The Hague.

There are also severe cutbacks in other transnational services, notably in the six countries of the former Yugoslavia. These are the latest in a series of cuts that have already left no direct rail services between a number of European capitals. In its letter, the network asks the Commission to take action in 10 areas, including better coordination of timetables and ticketing, and the introduction of road user charging.