📩 11/07/2023 11:00
Europe's rail transport will undergo a major transformation over the next decade. According to the statement made by Germany's leading railway company Deutsche Bahn, the European Union and its member states will have to expand their networks by making significant additional investments in the railway system. Deutsche Bahn stated that the current planned infrastructure measures are insufficient and more efforts are needed to double high-speed rail traffic by 2030.
Deutsche Bahn's statement recommends that European rail companies create a network called the “Metropolitan Network”. This network aims to connect 300 metropolitan areas and cities in Europe with high-speed trains, which allow speeds of 230 kilometers per hour, at least once an hour. Achieving this goal requires the construction and expansion of 21.000 kilometers of rail network across Europe.
Expanding Europe's rail network will bring many benefits. With the increase of high-speed trains, travel times will be shortened and transportation will become more efficient. People will prefer more frequent train travel for business trips, touristic trips or visiting relatives. This will increase the demand for rail transport and support the growth of the sector.
From an economic perspective, the increase in high-speed trains will facilitate trade between businesses and strengthen economic integration between European countries. A fast and efficient rail network will allow for faster transport of goods and services, thereby stimulating trade. At the same time, it will positively affect the tourism sector and increase the tourist flow between different cities.
However, the realization of these large-scale infrastructure projects presents challenges. Issues such as financing, land use and environmental impacts need to be considered. European countries must work together to realize these projects, allocate resources correctly and consider sustainability principles.
With the increase in high-speed trains in Europe, it is predicted that train travel will increase significantly. Deutsche Bahn's statements highlight that the existing infrastructure is insufficient to meet the needs and that further investment is required. With the Metropolitan Network project, Europe's metropolitan cities and cities will be connected more quickly and effectively, trade and tourism will be revived, and Europe's economic integration will be strengthened. However, joint efforts and correct resource management are required to achieve these goals.