A European petition is initiated and is aimed to run all the way to the Paris Climate Summit COP21, which takes place early December 2015.
Find the very same petition here in English, in German, in Danish, in Norwegian, in French, in Swedish, in Spanish, in Esperanto and this is the promise Back on Track has made to the (hopefully) many, who will sign:
The Back on Track coalition will take your opinion to the rail companies and to EU together with some more practical proposals.
PROPOSALS TO ALL EUROPEAN RAIL COMPANIES
1) No more cuts – maintain all cross-border long-distance services at least at current levels (regional and long distance services)
2) Direct trains shall be established between major cities in all European countries, both by day and by night
3) National rail companies shall cooperate with each other, rather than competing with each other
4) Establishment of a true European rail timetable information and ticket booking system, open for anyone to use for free, and containing data of all trains at least 3 months ahead of departure.
PROPOSALS TO THE EU-COMMISSION AND THE EU PARLIAMENT
1) Establishment of a true European rail timetable information and ticket booking system, open for anyone to use for free, and containing data of all trains at least 3 months ahead of departure
2) Guaranteed compensation for delays and obligation to re-establish the travel chain, even if tickets are booked from different operators
3) Complete transparency of track access charges for all trains, of all types and speeds, on all tracks in the EU and accession countries
4) Grant powers to the European Railway Agency to coordinate cross-border timetables, to ensure changing at the border station is possible if no through service is possible
5) Remove rules preventing rolling stock subsidized by EU funds from being used on cross border routes
6) International train tickets should not be more expensive than the sum of the prices for the similar local tickets
7) Introduce an EU-wide core network for both daytime and nighttime cross-border services, and where these services cannot be run on a profit making basis introduce cross-border public service obligations to support the service, between all EU capital cities
All proposals should be achieved in the EU and accession countries by end of 2018