High-Speed Rail Goes Global – From Europe to Asia

The World Wide Rail Rally: The Race is On.

TGV Train riding through the French Riviera
TGV Train riding through the French Riviera

At Rail Europe, we cover nearly the entire continent of high-speed rail (plus slower, more scenic routes). Which is why we’re glad to see the rest of the world chugging in the direction of trains. Tracks are being laid down all over the east – both middle and far. Even at home, the conversation continues on how to bring this efficient mode of travel to America.

  • In Plane View, the Air is Thinning Out: According to a new study, the number of countries using high-speed rail is expected to jump considerably. Global interest has spiked as this mode of transport proves more reliable and efficent in connecting disparate regions. Coupled with security concerns related to air travel as well as being a more environmentally friendly option, it’s no wonder the world’s operational fleet grew by nearly 800 train sets between 2008 and 2011. Read which countries are leading the way…
  • And the Bahn Plays On: New plans for high speed rail connections between Berlin, London and other major European cities may bring low-cost air carriers back down to the ground. By 2013, Deutsche Bahn will operate 3 services a day between London St. Pancras and Brussels. The high-speed trains will then divide, with one half going north to Amsterdam via Rotterdam, and another to Frankfurt via Cologne. There are many good reasons why the expansion of high-speed travel is good for business customers and tourists alike. See why the airlines will be green with envy.
  • A New Mecca of High-Speed Rail: A new project linking the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina are in the works. The Spanish consortium Al Shoula won the $9 billion dollar contract over SNCF Alstom to build the project. Spain overtook France in 2010 with its high-speed rail link – the largest in Europe. It accounts for 40% of Spain’s 4.8 million long-distance passengers. Mecca is a major destination, bringing around 2.5 million Muslims to the annual hajj pilgrimage each year. Why this is a major breakthrough…
  • The Route of Economic Growth: The Trans-European Transport Networks Programme (TEN-t) aims at developing transport systems to serve the European Union. Currently, there are four high-speed projects in the works aiming to connect major cities in the EU, including routes such as Madrid-Lisbon-Porto, Cologne-Amsterdam-London and more. TEN-t recognizes rail as the most efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transport up to 4-5 hours journey time. Trains can increasingly compete with air travel in these distances when considering the process of security checks, baggage screening and checking-in. Why is high-speed rail a priority in Europe?
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  1. Avatar Vijay says:

    Well, it will work out if it is cheaper & more comfortable than air travel. E.g. Beijing to London at $ 1000 or so, (at current rates).

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