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Sustainable mobility going backwards between France and Spain

Sustainable mobility going backwards with the diminution of cross-border trains between France and Spain Monday, 12 December 2022 Since 2013, Spanish public rail operator Renfe and French SNCF have been operating services together between France and Spain through Catalonia. However, on 11 December 2022, this cooperation ended and from now on only two trains a day […]

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Rail as a global solution for the climate crisis

Europe on Rail advocates for rail as a global solution for the climate crisis Friday, 18 November 2022 Recent IPCC reports have emphasized the gravity of the climate crisis and the need for immediate and sustained political will, impactful action and effective cooperation. Sustainable mobility is essential if we want to reach the climate targets

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French-Spanish passenger trains: an opportunity for modal shift

Report: Reviving French-Spanish passenger rail lines Wednesday, 2 November 2022 Eco-union, in collaboration with RAC France, has launched a new report that aims to compile and assess the state of the French-Spanish passenger trains, with a particular focus on medium and long-distance —night and day— cross-border connections. The sector of transportation is responsible for an important part of CO2 emissionsand

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The renaissance of rail lines between Portugal and Spain is taking time

Report: Reviving Portuguese-Spanish passenger rail lines Friday 28 October 2022 Eco-union, in collaboration with Zero, has produced a new report that aims to bring together updated information regarding the Portuguese-Spanish passenger rail connections on medium to long distance cross-border night and day lines.  It intends to understand the current state of play of Portuguese-Spanish passenger rail connections; what is

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Europe on Rail – EU Conference: Making European cross-border travel fit for 55

The future of European rail: what to expect from the EU and member states Tuesday, 11 October 2022 On 13 October, Europe on Rail will hold an online conference on the role of rail within the European Green deal. It will tackle the future of European rail and what to expect from the EU and

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The Iberian Railway Alliance urges the governments of Spain and Portugal to bet on rail

The Iberian Railway Alliance urges the governments of Spain and Portugal to bet on rail Thursday, 7 July 2022 The Iberian Alliance for the Railway —Alianza Ibérica por el Ferrrocarril, in Spanish— was presented last Monday 4th July in Barcelona.It is a platform founded by 15 social and environmental organisations, and trade unions from Spain

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Travel and rail industry partner with civil society calling on policy makers to shift to rail

Travel and rail industry partner with civil society calling on policy makers to shift to rail June 29th 2022 European actors of the rail and travel sector, rail industry, civil society, passengers associations call on European Institutions and Member states to take bold actions now to achieve a climate-friendly transport system by 2030. Their call

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Our reaction to the Commission’s “Action Plan to boost long distance and cross-border passenger rail”

December 17th 2021 On Tuesday 14th of December, the European Commission published its Action plan to boost long distance and cross-border passenger rail. While making a positive step towards recognizing the shortcomings of the status quo, it should be strengthened to effectively contribute to the Green Deal objectives and the European Sustainable and Smart Mobility

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European public opinion poll shows support for shifting flights to rail

March 26th 2021 Many people in Europe are willing to shift from air to rail – even for international travel and often even if they have to accept significantly longer travel times. This is shown by a new representative survey conducted by the opinion research institute YouGov in Germany, Poland, France, Spain and the Netherlands.

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As Connecting Europe Express ends its journey European Year of Rail misses its objective

October 6th 2021 Ahead of the arrival of the Connecting Europe Express (CEE) in Paris tomorrow, marking the closing of the (disappointing) European Year of Rail, we have prepared a press release calling the EU to take further actions to make train revival a reality.  Europe On Rail coalition, led by European Civil Society Organizations, regrets that this European Year

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