Europe Rail News: 14 October 2021

A ticket for unlimited travel across Austria, cross-border links proposed for Portugal-Spain, Eurostar and Thalys revive merger plans, and more rail news from around Europe.

Europe Rail News

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🇦🇱 Albania

Rama: Three railway lines to connect Albania with Montenegro, North Macedonia and Pristina

🇦🇹 Austria

Austria introduces KlimaTicket for unlimited public transport use

“The ticket will allow unlimited travel across Austria for €1095 from October 26.”

🇧🇪 Belgium

SNCB sees highest level of travellers since pandemic began

🇭🇷 Croatia

New Pula-Buzet bike-friendly train presented

🇪🇪 Estonia

Estonia still needs to find EUR 400 mln for construction of Rail Baltic

🇫🇷 France

Eurostar and Thalys revive merger plans

After 40 years in a graveyard, these French trains are coming back to life

Paris to Pyrenees night train to start for 2021 winter ski season

🇩🇪 Germany

Deutsche Bahn unveils fully autonomous train in Hamburg

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Germany will swap planes for trains on domestic routes

🇬🇧 Great Britain

New competition to find first HQ of Great British Railways

“Great British Railways national headquarters to be based outside of London to ensure that skilled jobs and economic benefits are focused beyond the capital.”

Fury after minister signals HS2 eastern leg could be scrapped

Okehampton to Exeter daily trains restarting after 49 years

Mysterious railway discovered on coast of Llyn Peninsula

🇭🇺 Hungary

High-speed railway will link Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland

🇮🇹 Italy

How Italy's high-speed trains helped kill Alitalia

🇱🇻 Latvia

Rail Baltica plans 17 regional stations in Latvia

🇲🇪 Montenegro

The Montenegro railways receive a state loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

🇳🇴 Norway

This train trip takes you through the Arctic Circle under the Midnight Sun

🇵🇹 Portugal

One step closer to Faro/Seville rail link

“The high speed rail link between the two countries could even be extended to Lisbon and Beja.”

Cross-border high speed corridor proposed in northern Portugal

🇷🇴 Romania

"The Semmering of Banat", the oldest mountain railway in Romania, has a spectacular route

“The railway Oraviţa – Anina, located in the mountains of Banat in western Romania, is also called the "Semmering of Banat" for its spectacular route.”

🇸🇰 Slovakia

New bus station is open, but Bratislava still far from a new train station

🇸🇪 Sweden

Stockholm-Oslo train service set to resume

🇨🇭 Switzerand

All aboard the Rigi Railway

“This episode of Europe by Train takes us to Switzerland. Watch as DW reporter Axel Primavesi rides the Rigi Railway, Europe’s oldest mountain railroad!”