European Commission supports 10 pilot services to boost connecting Europe by train

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Brussels, Feb. 1 (BNA): The European Commission (EC) said it would support 10 pilot projects to establish new rail services or improve existing ones.
Together, they will improve cross-border rail connections across the EU, making them faster, more frequent and more affordable, EC said.
"While demand for green mobility is growing, we need the rail market to respond much better and much faster, especially for long and cross-border journeys," European Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean said.
"This is why the European Commission now wants to help rail companies create new international train connections – by day and by night – by breaking down the many barriers to cross-border rail. I’m looking forward to working with the rail sector to make these 10 pilots a success and to inspire many more to join."
The proposals were submitted by the rail sector and relevant authorities in response to the Commission’s Action Plan to boost long-distance and cross-border passenger rail, adopted in December 2021.
Follwoing careful evaluation, the Commission has selected the following proposals for cross-border pilot services, in order of planned starting date:

Hungarian Ministry of Transport, new services connecting Hungary, Austria and western Romania

Connection Germany  – Denmark – Sweden, with participation of SJ (new night train service Stockholm

– Copenhagen – Berlin and day train Hamburg – Gothenburg (and potentially Oslo, in co-operation with DSB and DB), Snälltaget (enhanced night train service Stockholm – Copenhagen – Berlin), ?eské dráhy (new service Prague – Berlin –Copenhagen, in co-operation with DB and DSB) and Flixtrain (new service Leipzig – Berlin – Copenhagen – Stockholm)

Midnight Trains, new night train service Paris – Milan – Venice

Flixtrain, new service Munich – Zurich

WESTbahn, new service Munich – Vienna – Budapest, extension of existing service

Nederlandse Spoorwegen, enhancement of the existing Amsterdam – London service, in cooperation with Eurostar

European Sleeper, new night train service Amsterdam – Barcelona

Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane /Deutsche Bahn, new services Rome – Munich and Milan – Munich

ILSA, new services Lisbon – A Coruña and Lisbon – Madrid

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, new services connecting Catalonia and the South of France

The Action Plan identified obstacles hindering the uptake and operation of cross-border passenger rail services, and measures to address them.