“Guardian” Rail Journeys 2021: Rhine-Alpine Corridor Top of List
Rail journeys are getting more attention these days. The focus is shifting from small tourist lines to main line travel. This is very visible in an article of the British “Guardian” newspaper, featuring six rail journeys as suggestions for 2021. Three of them include the Rhine-Alpine corridor:
- Amsterdam / Brussels to Vienna / Munich / Innsbruck, partly using the corridor.
- Historical Gotthard line (panorama route) from Basel to Locarno via the old Gotthard mountain route. While freight and fast passenger trains use the new Gotthard tunnel, the mountain line is still in regular operation, marketed as “Treno Gottardo” by Swiss operator “Südostbahn”.
- Better links from Zürich to Milan and on to Genova.
Find the whole article here (external link).
New Container Trains Antwerp – Basel
Besides the new barge service between Basel and Antwerp, starting from January there will also be through container trains three times a week by BLS Cargo. They will replace an existing service that included a transfer en route, at Neuss terminal. Find the details here (external link).
European Year of Rail
2021 is the European Year of Rail. The European Commission initiative will highlight the benefits of rail as a sustainable, smart and safe means of transport. A variety of activities will put rail in the spotlight throughout 2021 across the continent, to encourage the use of rail by both citizens and businesses and to contribute to the EU Green Deal goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050.
Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport, said: “The European Year of Rail gives us the opportunity to re-discover this mode of transport. Through a variety of actions, we will use this occasion to help rail realise its full potential. I invite all of you to be part of the European Year of Rail.”
In the EU, rail is responsible for less than 0.5% of transport-related greenhouse gas emissions. This makes it one of the most sustainable forms of passenger and freight transport. Among other benefits, rail is also exceptionally safe and it connects people and businesses across the EU via the Trans-European Transport network (TEN-T).