EC to support 10 pilot projects to boost cross-border rail services

EC to support 10 pilot projects to boost cross-border rail services

The projects are expected to improve cross-border rail services in the EU, making them faster, more frequent and more affordable.

After evaluation, the European Commission has selected the following proposals for cross-border pilot services, in order of planned starting date:

  • Hungarian Ministry of Transport, new services connecting Hungary, Austria and western Romania
  • Connection Germany  - Denmark – Sweden, with participation of SJ (new night train service Stockholm – Copenhagen – Berlin and day train Hamburg – Gothenburg (and potentially Oslo, in co-operation with DSB and DB), Snälltaget (enhanced night train service Stockholm – Copenhagen – Berlin), České dráhy (new service Prague – Berlin –Copenhagen, in co-operation with DB and DSB) and Flixtrain (new service Leipzig – Berlin – Copenhagen– Stockholm)
  • Midnight Trains, new night train service Paris – Milan – Venice
  • Flixtrain, new service Munich – Zurich
  • WESTbahn, new service Munich – Vienna – Budapest, extension of existing service
  • Nederlandse Spoorwegen, enhancement of the existing Amsterdam – London service, in cooperation with Eurostar
  • European Sleeper, new night train service Amsterdam – Barcelona
  • Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane / Deutsche Bahn, new services Rome – Munich and Milan – Munich
  • ILSA, new services Lisbon – A Coruña and Lisbon – Madrid
  • Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, new services connecting Catalonia and the South of France

European Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean said: "While demand for green mobility is growing, we need the rail market to respond much better and much faster, especially for long and cross-border journeys. This is why the European Commission now wants to help rail companies create new international train connections – by day and by night – by breaking down the many barriers to cross-border rail. I'm looking forward to working with the rail sector to make these 10 pilots a success and to inspire many more to join!"

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