Connecting Europe Express Train Starts Its Journey to Pass Through 100+ European Towns
Connecting Europe Express, an EU-joint train that will stop in almost every country on the continent, took off from Lisbon’s train station on September 2 to arrive in Paris on October 7, reaching more than 100 towns and cities throughout the journey. The train will stop in all 26 member countries and more, passing 20,000 kilometres and 33 border crossings and will enable travellers to reach their European destinations by using the sustainable option of travelling by train, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. A press release issued by the European Commission reveals that Connecting Europe Express has been launched as part of the European Year of Rail 2021, and it was created in collaboration with 40 partners.
The European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Valean noted that the railway is the solution to the climate change phenomenon and the post-pandemic economic recovery. “Rail has shaped our rich, common history. But rail is also Europe’s future, our route to mitigating climate change and powering economic recovery from the pandemic, as we build a carbon-neutral transport sector,” Commissioner Valean said.
SchengenVisaInfo.com previously reported on the single European railway launch, which is a project determined to also reach the 0.5 per cent of carbon emission target in the EU by 2050. In addition, the CEO of Austrian Federal Railways, Andreas Mattha, pointed out that the project will raise awareness on green travelling and that the joint railway sector is vital for achieving the EU climate targets. “CER members are committed to make the Green Deal a success.
We need to continue to shift freight from road to rail, provide efficient services for daily commuters and expand international long-distance passenger rail transport with day and night services,” Mattha said.
Furthermore, the Connection Europe Express will include three main trains; the Iberian train, the Baltic train and the standard train. Various activities are planned for rail enthusiasts throughout this five-week event, such as live-streamed debates on the official website. “Over the coming weeks, the Connecting Europe Express will become a rolling conference, laboratory and forum for public debate on how to make rail the transport mode of choice for passengers and businesses alike,” Commissioner Valean added.
Conference coaches have been provided by different European railway companies such as MAV (Hungary), which will present a mobile exhibition organised by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) and the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking. Other coaches include a conference coach (provided by SNCF, France), two seating coaches provided by DB, Germany and SBB, Switzerland and a dining coach from FS, Italy. The standard train conference will also include a sleeper coach provided by OBB, Austria.
The Iberian train will be operated by Spanish operator Renfe, while Lithuanian LTG will provide the Baltic train.
Previously, Erasmus By Train, an initiative of European students, has suggested for the Erasmus + to provide a interrail free ticket for students committed to green travelling.
The practice of green travelling includes transportation by non-carbon producing vehicles such as bicycles or using less polluting options such as shared cars and non-stop flights.
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