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December 2014

56 posts
A little Nordic rail trip NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 2 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
I will be making what should be a reasonably simple rail trip in early December – the 600km journey between Copenhagen (station: København H) and Oslo (station: Oslo S). So how do I do it? Well, it turns out that it is all nowhere as simple as...
Wie kommen Europas Großstädter mit der Bahn in Österreichs Alpen? NEW
Heimat✔ P.olitik✔ M.enschen✔ 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 12 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Eine Studie untersucht die Erreichbarkeit 13 alpiner Regionen in Österreich mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln aus bedeutenden Großstädten Europas. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf der Anreise per Bahn. Analysiert wurde neben der Fahrtdauer, der Umsteigeh...
Wie kommen Europas Großstädter mit der Bahn in Österreichs Alpen? NEW
Title of theH.eimat✔ P.olitik✔ M.enschen✔ blog ... 2 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 12 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Eine Studie untersucht die Erreichbarkeit 13 alpiner Regionen in Österreich mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln aus bedeutenden Großstädten Europas. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf der Anreise per Bahn. Analysiert wurde neben der Fahrtdauer, der Umsteigeh...
Dialogo utile NEW
Debora Serracchiani 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Ieri ho incontrato a Roma l’amministratore delegato delle Ferrovie dello Stato, Mauro Moretti. Abbiamo avuto un utile dialogo che ha posto le basi per chiarire e approfondire ulteriormente una serie di nodi relativi al ruolo e alle scelte strategic...
All the (train)roads lead to Athens NEW
Greenyourope 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
The European Green Party has chosen Athens to host its second 2012 council. This meeting, which put together delegates from all european green parties, will happen between the 11 and the 13 of November. I am actually delighted with the choice of loca...
Merci e ferrovia NEW
Debora Serracchiani 2 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Ieri a Bruxelles ho partecipato ad un workshop organizzato dalla Commissione europea sul quarto pacchetto ferroviario, alla presenza del Commissario europeo ai Trasporti Siim Kallas. Nel mio intervento ho sottolineato che in Europa la qualità del se...
In praise of @DB_bahn (not the railway, but the Twitter account) NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 2 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 19 Hours ago
This is for you Torsten, Simon, Norman, Marc, Kai, Danny, Janice, Matthias, Maik, Filiz, Jana, Christian, Christian and Nicole: a huge thanks from a regular DB traveller for helping to make my journeys a little more manageable and pleasant. For those...
NS does a Jimmy Carr (2) NEW
martinned 2 Years, 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
OK, so that was quite a way to come back after my summer vacation. From this blog post here about tax evasion by the Dutch state railway company NS came this GeenStijl story, which in turn led to a ginormous article in De Volkskrant last Saturda...
UK, trains and the EU NEW
EU Debate 2 Years, 4 Months, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Some in the UK have a tendency to point to the EU has a source of lots of problems, not really investigating the issue in detail and often referring to only superficial links. The privatisation of the trains in the UK is an example of this.So why do...
Cheap rail tickets through Germany NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 2 Years, 4 Months, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
So you want a one-off rail ticket through Germany, and you want it as cheap as possible. You’re doing a journey like Belgium (- Germany -) Austria, or Denmark (- Germany -) Czech Republic, but you’re not going to stop* in Germany. Here...
Tav sostenibile NEW
Debora Serracchiani 2 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Il sito del periodico “Uomini e Trasporti” ha pubblicato una mia riflessione sul collegamento ferroviario tra Venezia e Trieste: “Il processo per fasi è quello giusto per affrontare la progettazione delle grandi infrastrutture ferrovia...
Buon compleanno InterRail! NEW
Gli Euros 2 Years, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
L'InterRail , il mitico biglietto ferroviario che dal 1972 ha permesso di viaggiare in Europa a più di 8 milioni di giovani, festeggia 40 anni. Da semplice pass ferroviario l'Inter Rail si è ben presto trasformato in un importante fattore d' integr...
Bahnfahren durchs Politikgestrüpp NEW
Lettland 2 Years, 5 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Als Anfang der 90er Jahre - kaum war der "eiserne Vorhang" gefallen - der von Estland mitfinanzierte "Balti Express" von Berlin über Warschau und Vilnius nach Tallinn fuhr, da hielten viele diese Reiseform um den Nordosten Europas kennenzulernen fü...
Trieste-Divaccia NEW
Debora Serracchiani 2 Years, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 19 Minutes ago
Ieri il Parlamento Europeo ha confermato il cofinanziamento comunitario della progettazione della linea ferroviaria Trieste-Divaccia. Una notizia positiva che può essere di buon auspicio per far smuovere la situazione della tratta Venezia-Trieste, s...
Sì al recast NEW
Debora Serracchiani 2 Years, 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
E’ stata in bilico fino all’ultimo ma oggi è stata approvata, in seconda lettura dalla plenaria di Strasburgo, senza modifiche la mia relazione sul cosiddetto “recast” ferroviario, il rapporto che modifica e aggiorna la legis...
Accordo ferroviario NEW
Debora Serracchiani 2 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
L’Agenzia per la sicurezza ferroviaria italiana (ANSF) e l’Établissement public de sécurité ferroviaire (EPSF) hanno stipulato un accordo inteso a consentire lo scambio delle reciproche autorizzazioni basate su dati comuni e facilitare così...
Railways for the many, not high speed rail for the few NEW
Labourlist 2 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Labour will be travelling on the wrong line if it gives its wholehearted support for the proposed HS2. This is one infrastructure scheme that deserves to hit the buffers. Labour absolutely must support a better rail network, but what we really need i...
Scrapping ‘Maastricht Hop’ Does Little for Belgian Train Punctuality NEW
The White Bull Blog 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 14 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Since last month, Maastricht is no longer directly connected by train to Brussels. Although it’s uncomfortable for the thousands of international students and expats working in Maastricht nowadays, it’s not the end of the world, according...
Germany – Stuttgart Station gets popular ‘Go!’ NEW
Greenyourope 3 Years, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 17 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
The construction of Stuttgart 21, the billion-Euros station project in the capital of Baden-Württemberg, can finally go ahead. Yesterday a 58,8 percent majority of the 7,6 million voters gave their green light. For Winfried Kretschmar, the Green pre...
Protester mod jernbaneliberaliseringer NEW
Folkebevægelsens Fælles Blog 3 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
NYT FRA EU-FRONTEN: Over hele Europa er der i dag demonstrationer mod EU's planlagte jernbaneliberaliseringer. I næste uge forventes de vedtaget i EU-Parlamentet - Nyheder / Søren Søndergaard, Jernbane, Nyt fra EU-fronten...
Boris, Foster and the cross-channel metro NEW
Bit more complicated... 3 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Contingency planning. Never sexy, always worthwhile. In tonight’s evening standard, there’s a double page spread on future London airport capacity. Alongside the by now well known Boris island idea sit plans now developed by Sir Norman Fo...
The case for night trains from Brussels NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 3 Years, 3 Months, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
As part of my relentless pursuit to be green with my travels, I’m always taking the train. But for a trip I’m planning 3-6 December to Berlin, my patience is really running low. To get to Berlin from London I … Continue reading U...
Dorfmann: „Wichtiger Etappensieg“ NEW
Dr Herbert Dorfmann 3 Years, 10 Months, 4 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Eurocityzüge fahren auch nach dem 10. März Die Züge der von DB, ÖBB und LeNord können nun fahren bis es eine endgültige Klärung der Sachlage gibt. „Dies ist ein wichtiger Etappensieg in einem Kampf, der fast scho...
High-speed Europe ? NEW
Europe 27etc 4 Years, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
The European rail system is one of the means of transportation that has not been updated over the past decade. It is still difficult to book a ticket in another country and make the true European journey workable. France could take a leading role in...
A knock on the door telling you to get off in Dortmund – not the best rail comms NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 4 Years, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 29 Minutes ago
By popular demand here’s the story on my return from Billund (getting to Billund is here). It all started fine. I waited for the bus to Kolding at a freezing cold bus stop outside Lego HQ but the bus arrived, departed, and got me to Kolding wit...
Bruxelles Midi (Belgium) to Vejle st (Denmark) by train NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 4 Years, 1 Month, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
I need to get to Billund in Denmark for work in December, and as I’m trying to be green this year I’m going to take the train. I’m in Brussels the day before, so will leave from there, and I need to get to Vejle, the town closest to...
Регламент относно европейската железопътна мрежа за конкурентоспособен товарен превоз NEW
Право на Европейския съюз 4 Years, 2 Months, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Регламент (ЕC) № 913/2010 относно европейска железопътна мрежа за конкурентоспособен товарен превоз е обнародван в Официален вестник. Регла...
Regulation on a European Rail Network for Competitive Freight NEW
European Union Law 4 Years, 2 Months, 2 Days, 15 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Regulation (EU) No 913/2010 concerning a European rail network for competitive freight has been published in the Official Journal. The regulation aims at the establishment of international rail corridors for a European rail network for competitive fr...
Disservizi NEW
Nouvelles Bruxelles 4 Years, 3 Months, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Sono in viaggio e mi sto spostando utilizzando le ferrovie del Nord Europa. In Italia capita spesso di prendersela con Trenitalia per ritardi e disguidi vari e inveirci contro. Sicuramente sono disservizi importanti. Poi, però, penso che le ferrovie...
Traintastic ideas for High Speed 1 NEW
Bit more complicated... 4 Years, 4 Months, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Eurostar image from Wikipedia   As you know, the HS1 high speed route has a lot of importance for me. Not only is it my route to Brussels – vital for work – but also to London. So with HS1 in the news today, some thoughts… 1) Commu...
Trans Europe Express — Crooked Timber NEW
crookedtimber.org, 4 Years, 4 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Chugging along NEW
Eastern approaches (The Economist) 4 Years, 5 Months, 19 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Polish railways are finally getting a facelift—shame about the price tag...
Peter Pilz Blog vom: DIENSTAG, 22. JUNI 2010 NEW
Peter Pilz 4 Years, 6 Months, 17 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
ÖBB. Die Bundesbahn rüstet sich für die Zukunft. Die heißt offensichtlich „Parteibuchwirtschaft". Nico Pelinka und Philip Ita werden mit teuren Verträgen in den Konzern geholt. Daniel Kapp schreibt dazu auf Facebook: &...
If I wanted to blow up a train this isn’t going to stop me NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 4 Years, 6 Months, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
I’ve seen some idiotic security controls in my time, but yesterday at Estació de França, Barcelona, beats all of them. The station, as the name implies, is the old terminus station for trains from the north of Catalonia towards France, and i...
My Europe (1): Trains NEW
Julien Frisch 4 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
It is "My Europe Week" and instead of writing long articles I am looking for photos that make me remember my Europe. In the early times of this blog I wrote a post titled "Talking to Europe" in which I told some stories I experienced while travellin...
Some lessons learnt from Europe’s travel chaos (and some tips to help you get home) NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
5 days into the volcano mess and the finger pointing is starting, some of it more and some of it less well argued. Charlemagne has an elegantly penned argument of why he will not comment, while EUObserver has a summary of the rants of Europe’s...
Forum: Rail safety NEW
Writing for (y)EU 4 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 5 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
On 15 February this year, 18 people died and 200 were injured when two passenger trains collided on the outskirts of Brussels. Who or what is to blame? Two MEPs and the director of the European Railway Agency debate liberalisation of the sector, lack...
Die Schiene zu EU-Metropolen NEW
Karpfenteich 4 Years, 9 Months, 1 Week, 14 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Verbesserung der Verbindungen Berlins auf der Schiene mit benachbarten europäischen Metropolen  http://www.parlament-berlin.de:8080/star…  ...
European rail passengers’ rights – time to do something? But what..? NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 4 Years, 10 Months, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
I have a reputation as a blogger that gets things done – I don’t just have opinions on things, I try to transform my thoughts into practical action. Campaigns such as Gender Balanced Commission and the Atheist Bus Campaign hav...
Maybe Eurostar needed divine intervention? NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 4 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
In some weird transport / religion crossover an online magazine called Communicate Jesus has done a write-up on the Eurostar mess and has linked to my post about the issue. Seems they did not notice the Atheist Bus banner in my sidebar Their articl...
Snow over Channel, Continent cut off NEW
Charlemagne's notebook (The Economist) 4 Years, 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Why Brussels hates to love the Eurostar...
You would have thought SNCF would have learnt from Eurostar… sadly not NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 5 Years, 7 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Eurostar has not been running for 3 days and has been roundly criticised for not informing passengers what’s going on. In that climate you would have thought that other train operators would have been especially attentive to customer service in...
Just to make it crystal clear: these Eurostar problems are not unprecedented NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 5 Years, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 27 Minutes ago
Over the last 48 hours there has been much searching for the root of the problems Eurostar has been facing. There has been plenty of human incompetence for sure, but at the start the trains were at fault. I’ve consistently been tweeting that th...
The Eurostar case: learn the lessons, for this is not a good case of social media use NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 5 Years, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
We Are Social, the firm behind Eurostar’s presence on Twitter and Facebook, have written a note about their role in helping the rail company respond to the ongoing travel difficulties starting on 18th December, and continuing as I write. Eurost...
First rule of social media (well, any comms) – don’t lie. Eurostar – learn the lessons! NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 5 Years, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
A friend contacted me via Skype – she has a ticket for a Brussels-London Eurostar at 1800 today and wanted to find out my experiences. I told her I was back home, having been categorically told via the announcements at Gare du Midi...
Abject Eurostar communications and technological failure NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 5 Years, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Last night at 2202 a newsletter arrived in my inbox entitled ‘Europe: the ideal Christmas gift’, urging me to offer friends and family a trip on Eurostar. At the same time Eurostar knew a difficult situation was developing on its ser...
Delays come to an end (EU HSR 2009) NEW
European Tribune 5 Years, 1 Week, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Today (13 December), full high-speed service started on five European lines. Thus, 2009 is another...
Building two separate rail networks: one for high-speed passenger trains and one dedicated to freight NEW
Challenge for Europe 5 Years, 5 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Rail is a highly sustainable mode of transport that is well-adapted to the medium population densities present in Europe. However, the European rail networks need to be transformed deeply. To read the full article, click here ———&...
The world according to DB (with apologies to the atheist bus campaign) NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 6 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Inspired by my previous blog entry, and the atheist bus campaign. Time for a new web campaign - save the night train?
So much for being green - no more Brussels-Berlin/Hamburg night trains NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 6 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
I’ve been taking it for years - the DB / City Night Line train from Brussels to Berlin / Hamburg but from the December timetable change the line no longer exists (see the routes PDF here). The train starts in Paris and will take a new route com...
Vive le rail ! Le Nord-pas-de-Calais à grande vitesse, l'Etat tortillard ! NEW
Marie-Noëlle Lienemann MEP 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 57 Minutes ago
Ce matin, le conseil régional en séance publique recevait le président de RFF, M Hubert Dumesnil et les représentants de la SNCF pour signer une convention pour une desserte rapide de la Sambre et de l'Avesnois... Depuis longtemps noptre région.
Eurocrats ride the gravy train | FP Passport NEW
blog.foreignpolicy.com, 6 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Thalys via Paris: it’s the planes and the second seat that are the real scandal NEW
Jon Worth's Euroblog 6 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 8 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
From the start of the French Presidency of the EU (1st July), a 300km/h Thalys train is going to be hired to transport MEPs and EP officials from Brussels to Strasbourg for the monthly plenary sessions. Sounds like a reasonable idea - via the high sp...
German rail privatisation agreed NEW
news.bbc.co.uk, 6 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 15 Hours, 53 Minutes ago