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European long-distance rail passenger traffic to grow

February 25, 2013
Author: Eve-Marie Morgo

Our recent study identifies 6 key factors will influence European long-distance rail passenger growth over the period to 2020 and outlines business potential. 

Supporting rail growth through rail technology

According to our recent rail industry report, The Rail Journey to 2020, long-distance rail passenger traffic will increase by an estimated 21% (2.2% annually) to reach over 1.36 billion by 2020, 238 million up compared to 2011 figures.

The report focuses on the period 2011-2020, which will see the passenger rail industry in Europe impacted by an unprecedented combination of factors: some relating to structural change, others arising from opportunities created by infrastructural investments and technology. The report identifies that anticipated growth in passenger volume over the period 2011-2020 is driven by four key markets in particular: the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Germany.

“The Rail Journey to 2020 aims to inform on how seamless cross-border rail services across Europe can become a reality. Building standards for data exchange, booking and rail ticketing  will make rail travel more accessible, and improve the perception that rail is the way to travel across Europe. This will encourage the idea that through-ticketing is a must for this to be successful.” Thomas Drexler, Amadeus

6 trends shaping the rail industry evolution

The report outlines six key trends that will shape the rail industry evolution and its relationships with other modal providers in the period to 2020: 

  • Rail Liberalization 
  • New market entrants
  • Completion of new high-speed rail lines
  • New Hubs
  • Air-Rail and Rail-Rail cooperation
  • Railways’ costs

This European rail market study, outlines a baseline scenario, built around these trends, to size the business potential for passenger rail in 2020, and concludes with  how railways can take advantage of the trends transforming the industry landscape, and position themselves to benefit from opportunities that currently lie beyond their borders. 

“Amadeus is committed to partnering with railways and travel sellers to achieve a seamless travel network. And our proof is the first Rail GDS, with SNCF, Eurostar, Thalys, Lyria, Trenitalia and SJ content, and with more key European railways to come.” Thomas Drexler, Amadeus

Download now the Whitepaper The Rail Journey to 2020.

 The rail journey to 2020

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