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NIGHT TRAINS AT THE DANISH STATE BUDGET
This is stated about night trains in the Danish Finance Act, released late last night:

"The parties to the agreement note that, in connection with an upcoming investment plan for infrastructure, the government will present a proposal for the disposal of saved funds in the "Agreement on Better and Cheaper Public Transport" for the involved parties.

The parties to the agreement also note that the government, together with DSB, will investigate the possibilities of establishing night trains to Denmark and investigate the possibilities of coordinating any night train operations with Germany and Sweden.

A total of DKK 173.7 million is given priority by 2020 for public transport."

It is the party “The Alternative” that has brought this to the state budget in the tough negotiations.

What does it mean? The money mentioned is as said “not disposed funds”, so it is not “new” money. And the money is not meant for Night Trains as such. But the highlight on night trains in between the talk of money is a clear indicator, that money is ready to follow-up the feasibility studies initiated in Sweden, and ready to cover a possible initial deficit with a night train. It is not said that the government is ready to invest much or cover big losses. It is said that Denmark is no longer a passive partner, while Sweden is promoting night trains and while the Austrian operator ÖBB is interested to initiate a new train to Copenhagen. Denmark is an active partner. That is very, very good!
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  1. Thomas Rasmussen says:

    You have my full support!

  2. Irene stilling says:

    I heard about your organisation in the Danish Radio.
    I love travelling by train – not nessacerely night-train – but still.
    I do’nt have any further comment until I get an impression of how to communicate with somebody.
    Irene

  3. Hugon says:

    Le train de nuit Paris Nice, reste le seul moyen de faire ce trajet de manière supportable, les temps de parcours TGV ayant rien d’attractif

    1. Hugon says:

      Le train de nuit est le seul moyen de rallier Nice avec un horaire supportable

  4. Nell says:

    Why are connections to longdistance travelling in EU shut down? Very climate contraproductive. Earlier I could easily go from STOCKHOLM to Paris,now it seems almost impossible no direct connections no night trains! What are the politicians really do? They fly themselves!?
    Nell

  5. Pedro says:

    Hi! I am from Spain, and here the “Trenhotel” runs good, but 7 years ago there were about 11 services of night trains and now, in 2018, only four… You have to advance in the spanish night trains… Not only in Germany, France,…
    Please, put endeavor in Spain too.
    The AVE, TGV… are not unique trains…
    Vote in this petition please!
    https://www.change.org/p/renfe-operadora-que-vuelvan-los-trenes-internacionales
    Cheer up!

  6. Steve Collins says:

    It is right that train travel is subsidised so that people can a) get to work; b) get to education; c) to to hospital etc. All are vital for a country’s economy.

    Why should I, as a taxpayer, pay for someone else to go on holiday?

    Long-distance travel (of any mode) is for a) leisure and b) business.

    Leisure travellers can generally travel at any time, so can occupy spare seats. If a company cannot afford to send someone on a business trip then it is not a viable business. So inter-city journeys should not need subsidies.

    Just because Night Trains are not viable compared to aeroplanes that is not a valid argument for justifying subsidy for Night Trains.

    Why does such a leisure journey need to be made at all?

    If you are promoting a green agenda then you should be promoting local holidays, say, within 250 km of home. Night trains are unnecessary.

    1. Elke Verhaeghe says:

      I get your point, but you should know that you are already paying for other people’s leisure and business trips. Kerosine for airplanes is currently not taxed, meaning that planes effectively get financial advantage over other, more environmentally alternatives like night trains. So this firstly needs to be set straight, which will never happen without proper political prioritization of trains as useful and necessary mode of transport. If you’re paying for other people’s holidays anyway, you might as well be paying for a more ecological mode of transport.

      Additionally, it is good to realize that people will keep on travelling for leisure or business and will often choose the cheapest option. So, yes, it is the government’s responsibility to make the most environmentally friendly option also the cheapest option. Because if climate warming really breaks through, it will also be the ordinary citizen and tax payer (you) who has to deal and cough up the (by then much more expensive) crisis measures (like building dams against rising sea levels or investing in all kinds of complex infrastructures for combatting droughts etc.). So why not just think ahead?

      Finally, shouldn’t climate policies be socially just? Just taxing kerosine without providing affordable alternatives really just entrenches existing inequalities, allowing the rich to travel and forcing the poor to stay home. That will only fuel the anger of people who’ve never really had anything and now see their only chance of exploring the world a little taken away from them as well. Result? Even more polarization and stronger rise of populist extreme right. Climate change will already hit the poorest the hardest; climate change policies really shouldn’t do that too.

      1. Ben says:

        I would also like to add that tourism benefits the economy of a lot of countries/cities, so making them easily reachable by any means of transportation could help those places.

        And if I’m not wrong, a lot of airports also receive government funding… So with that, you’re also paying for other peoples vacation.

  7. Poul S. Kjærsgaard says:

    I’m strongly in favour of reintroducing night trains and upgrading public transportation in Europe

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  9. Bonassi Martine says:

    Gage de désenclavement, les trains de nuit avec couchettes ont longtemps relié la Hollande à l’Italie via Bruxelles, Luxembourg, des villes de l’est de la France, Bâle, Berne et d’autres villes suisses. Après une nuit réparatrice, travailleurs émigrés, vacanciers, professionnels ou familles débarquaient (presque) frais et dispos en centre ville. Dans les années 80, ces liaisons internationales de nuit furent abandonnées et au début des années 2000, les trains de jour se raréfièrent.
    A Berne par exemple, la situation ne cesse de se détériorer … fin 2019, il n’y aura plus aucun train direct pour Paris et … de Berne à Bruxelles, aujourd’hui déjà, on doit passer par Paris et changer de gare! Perte de temps, de confort et prix plus élevés, restent la route ou les airs! Et la transition écologique dans tout ça?

  10. anton says:

    A real pain ! decision to get rid of night trains was/is all but a clever decision. It’s time to come back to wiser paths.

  11. Peter Vonck says:

    Dear ,
    Go on with Back on track please !!!! It was Great fun to go on holiday by train in the eighties. The eighties ! The system worked very good.
    Cheap, direct train from Belgium to Spain. Special youth pass.

    Dancing all night long in the disco – waggon . Special effects while dancing when the train makes small movements. And sleeping for the rest of distance.
    Ecological the best choice anyway and in that way recommandable nowadays and then
    too !!
    .
    No hours checking in at an airport. No craze suicide pilots or very surely wrong built planes like Boeing. No jetlags, more comfortable anyway.

    Question of Train Line Design and very good promotion, must work anyway !!!! Cheaper is not always the best !! The way you make it very attractive is what counts.
    Greets, Peter

  12. Siegfried raes says:

    I wrote the Belgian Railcompany (NMBS) a few months ago about cartrains from Brussels to Narbonne (F) as there were in the past. Their answer: we sold all our cartrainwagons !!!
    Bring back the night/car train to Southern Europe !

  13. Benoit crombez says:

    From Belgium,
    I use the night train Paris Gap (Briançon ) every year . Train + bicycle (10€extra).
    Best and easiest way to go there with my bicycle.
    Just love it.

  14. Petr says:

    I have heard about your organization/movement recently and must say I do support you! Hope night train international connection accross Europe will be reestablished during next years! Nice to see that some operators already reconsider the option to get such trains back on tracks!;) Wish you the best from Prague. Go to Prague by train!)

  15. ajrf says:

    Wow! I didn’t realized that a site like this existed. I fully support this, as in my home country (Spain) the nocturnal services are dying of in detriment of the High Speed services, unable to travel from one extreme to another in a reasonable place of time without hosting on the destination, for example, to attend a job interview to aspire to a job vacancy, while using a nocturnal train service one can go and leave after the interview without more logistic complications or for example for going Erasmus without having to take a single damn plane (the nuclear power of transport, as it is the safest mean of transportation… until something fails while the plane is flying).

  16. Niels says:

    The whole problem is due to unjust taxation. As long as jet fuel (kerosene) is tax-free, night trains will never have it easy to survive. What we need is, first of all, fair and equal market conditions for all modes of transportation. We need a jet fuel tax!

    If you think so, too, pleas support also the European Citizen’s Initiative:
    https://www.endingaviationfueltaxexemption.eu/

    Spread on facebook and twitter! @kerosenetax_EU

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