Only a massive -- and accelerated -- expansion of the high-speed network can achieve these hugely ambitious targets, but are they a realistic and affordable proposition?.
Unlike many parts of the world, Europe already has thousands of kilometers of dedicated high-speed railway.
Now a body of European organizations have committed to a new study highlighting the numerous benefits of an expanded high-speed rail network connecting national capitals and major cities.
These include the European Commission, the Community of European Railways, the European Rail Supply Industry and ALLRAIL, which represents non-state-owned railways.
Spain has invested heavily in its own high-speed rail network.
Sitting in the center of Europe, sharing borders with nine other nations, Germany will play a major role in any pan-European network.
The outcomes of this study must enable high-speed rail to become the backbone of long-distance travel in Europe.". »