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Mode Shift

Via the Sydney Morning Herald:

With the advent of high-speed trains, rail travel in Europe has become so popular that some intercity flight routes are being cancelled.

Why would you fly from London to Paris, for example, and tackle Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle airport check ins plus security when you can catch a high-speed train that lands you right in the centre of town?

Now about 90 per cent of people travel by Eurostar between these two cities.

And there’s no longer any flights on the Paris-Brussels route. Many now also go by train between London and Brussels.

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5 Responses to “Mode Shift”

  1. Kevin Love Says:

    Trains have a high mode share of the Toronto-Montreal run. Largely due to the convenience of downtown to downtown travel. I note that the Liberal party has promised even faster trains.

  2. Brad Templeton Says:

    Though if you think about it, this would be silly if trains and planes were designed to operate together. You still have to do security on Eurostar, though for some reason not as much.

    If the high speed train went to the airport, and you cleared airport security in the train station (or even better, on the train while moving) it seems that it should be next to impossible for the train to beat the plane on anything but the shortest of runs.

    But we’ve certainly worked to make the plane transition really hard and time consuming. Lufthansa held a contest last year about this problem, looking for answers, which few people entered, so I manged to win.

    Trains need huge amounts of land to work. Their main advantage is they can be electric and not carry their fuel with them.

  3. Michiel Says:

    As far as I know Eurostar is the only train in Europe where there is a security and passport check. I am wondering why, since it operates inside the Schengen area. (BTW I don’t think those security checks will really stop any terrorist).

  4. Nick Says:

    UK is not part of the Schengen agreement – UK citizens need to show passport and security checks when visiting any European country by air and so the same applies for rail.

  5. Omri Says:

    But passport checks can be done while the train is in motion. Makes things much more efficient.

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