Would a SBB night train from Basel to London be possible?
Night trains are in greater demand than they have been for a long time. If you want to increase the network from Switzerland, you must cooperate with SBB. That’s what Pro Bahn does.
The essentials in brief:
- The passenger association Pro Bahn has developed a concept for more night trains.
- It shows the possibility of a night train connection from Basel to London.
- It shows also direct night trains to Barcelona or Copenhagen.
The Green Wave has overrun the Swiss parliament in recent elections. Many wish that they will soon also thunder over the Swiss railways. In the form of more frequent train connections. Or as an alternative to air travel – as night trains.
SBB maintains cooperation with ÖBB
Will SBB soon be on the wave of sustainability? “SBB operates international passenger transport exclusively on a cooperative basis,” says Martin Meier, media spokesman at SBB.
However, they are currently discussing an expansion of cooperation with the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). That should pay off: The ÖBB have just presented their new sleeping cars. These have been presented recently.
The passenger association Pro Bahn Switzerland, however, would like to take bigger steps from the SBB. “In addition to today’s destinations, more are to be included in the offer in the next few years. In particular, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Dresden-Prague », said the working group leader Bastian Bommer.
Night train concept for SBB
However, Pro Bahn has submitted a detailed concept to each rail company to work out further overnight train connections. About a connection to London.
“The night train could get you to the center of London before the first flight lands at Heathrow,” says the concept. “Technically, this line brings with it the biggest challenges and, in the absence of any experience, the biggest risks,” explains Pro Bahn.
It would be “very interesting” from a market and customer perspective. For trains that use the Eurotunnel, the check-in at the boarding station must be done. “Basel could be suitable for that,” says Pro Bahn.
In order for us to come to London by night, or to Barcelona and Copenhagen, Pro Bahn not only sees SBB as an obligation. Rather, politics must now «clearly commit to international rail traffic and in particular to night train traffic. Also financially. This would include a fixed part of a Flight ticket tax, “says Bommer.