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European rail operators miss 240M potential long-distance trips

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European rail operators have the potential to deliver an additional 240M long-distance trips per year, according to a report from Royal HaskoningDHV. 

Currently, rail travel accounts for 6% of all journeys across Europe, a figure that could rise to 25% if border interoperability, passenger information and service bottlenecks are improved.

The report noted that there are 59M passengers who are unserved by international rail trips each year. These missing passengers are among those the report highlighted as needing integration into European rail networks.

“Although international train operators state that they know exactly what passengers want, and that passengers are satisfied with the services offered, they cannot explain the large gap between the current number of trips and its potential,” said Geertje Hegeman, associate director, sustainable mobility at Royal HaskoningDHV.

“This research demonstrates the immense potential for passenger capacity when borders, such as technical, information and service restrictions within the European rail market are erased.”

“It outlines the possibility for a shift in focus from investing in additional infrastructure towards the provision of services. By providing better rail services for international passengers such as transparent booking systems and open travel information, we can unlock the growth potential in the European rail sector.”

The report was composed by creating a framework outline that examined the supply side for rail passenger usage. 

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