Trains, Europe accelerates at high speed: the goal is to replace planes

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High-speed rail traffic will double by 2030 and triple by 2050. Create a smart rail network that connects the capitals and major European cities in a few hours’ travel, is able to shorten distances and becomes a valid alternative to flying. This is the future envisioned by the leaders of the European rail sector, who in recent days have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a study on “Intelligent and affordable high-speed services in the European Union”. Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding: the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (Cer), the Alliance of Passenger Rail New Entrants in Europe (Allrail), the European Rail Supply Industry (Unife) and the European Rail Joint Undertaking (Eu-Rail ).

A trans-European transport network

The study aims to promote a radical transformation of the rail system in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, including the achievement of a fully operational, multimodal, sustainable and intelligent Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), with rail connectivity by 2050. Europe already has thousands of kilometers of dedicated high-speed rail, the challenge will be to find an agreement on which routes to prefer, which cities to connect and which to exclude. But also to establish common standards and decide how the costs will be shared between the different national operators and authorities involved.

High speed triples by 2050

“While much has been achieved so far with national success stories linking Paris-Lyon, Milan-Rome, Barcelona-Madrid and Berlin-Munich, much more is needed to achieve the ambitious goals of the Green Deal. intelligent and sustainable mobility: Doubling high-speed rail traffic by 2030 and tripling it by 2050,” emphasizes Alberto Mazzola, Executive Director of CER. “High-speed rail plays an essential role in the decarbonisation and digital transformation of the entire European transport system. demonstrating the benefits of a European high-speed rail network, the study will contribute to the realization of the strategy for sustainable and intelligent mobility,” added Philippe Citroën, General Manager of Unife, the European Association of Rail Industries. to start the first research activities and to produce the first results by the end of this year that will help build this integrated high-speed network,” said Carlo Borghini, Executive Director of European Rail Joint Undertaking.

The cooperation between Turin-Lyon and Rail Baltica

In Lyon, a partnership was also signed between the initiators of the Turin-Lyon railways and Rail Baltica, a high-speed rail infrastructure project in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which aims to fill the missing link between Finland to the north and Poland to the south. The agreement covers environmental issues, workplace safety and good practices in the implementation of large-scale multimodal projects and railway operations. In Lyon, a partnership was signed between the promoters of the Turin-Lyon and Rail Baltica railways, during the Connecting Europe Days, the appointment of the European Commission that has been bringing together representatives of institutions, the economic world and transport for the past ten years to the future of TEN-T networks, in the context of the objectives of the Green Deal. Rail Baltica is a high-speed rail infrastructure project in the three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), which aims to bridge the missing link between Finland in the north and Poland in the south. The agreement covers environmental issues, workplace safety and good practices in the implementation of large-scale multimodal projects and railway operations.

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Source: Corriere

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