'Glossy' EU Rail Projects Ignore Needed Suburban Rail Service

Hans Rat, secretary-general of the International Association for Public Transport (UITP) , said that the EU focused much too much on 'glossy' trans-European projects, such as high-speed trains. He stressed that it needed to re-direct its attention towards regional projects that play a 'decisive role' for the revitalisation of cities and the improvement of public transport services.

Published: 25-Jan-2007

EurActiv.com, 10 January 2007 - Focusing on "glossy" international rail projects could hinder the development of suburban railways that are essential to tackle congestion and environmental problems in European cities, according to new research.

Background

With climate change and environmental issues topping the EU agenda, there is an increasing focus on the need to develop more energy-efficient means of transport, including rail.

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