European Passengers Federation positive position on Night Trains
EPF is an association of passenger organisations and organisations promoting sustainable mobility committed to improving standards on public transport and long distance international rail services in Europe.
After preparations involving the many members was a ‘position paper’ released 14.4. 2020.
During the last decade, European passengers faced a closure wave of night train services, but the recently increased interest for climate friendly transport modes has revived the demand for travelling long distances by train. This position paper aims to define a declaration of EPF’s views concerning night train services including sleepers’ carriages. Night trains services should be considered as a part of the European rail network, with an important role offering convenient alternatives to flying for long distance journeys over 600 km. EPF’s main suggestions are to:
- Improve unfair market conditions between transport modes
- Provide initial support to get started
- Enable regulations for price comparison of rail ticketing
- Offer different levels of comfort classes
The full position paper can be studied and downloaded here.