When over a 1000 flights were cancelled during the volcanic cloud disruption, many travellers looked for alternative ways to get home. Can rail travel be a true alternative when such travel disruption happens?
COLLABORATION powers Rail when travel disruption happens
Travel disruption: an opportunity for railways
There are some excellent examples of trials and tribulations of travellers trying to get home or trying to get to an important meeting or family event, here was an excellent opportunity for railways to take new market share. However, what became apparent is that it is still difficult or impossible to book rail tickets abroad and that domestic train stations only list domestic destinations, or very rarely international destinations. Trying to get customers back from
An international e-ticket or even a pan-European journey planner would have been a great help to these passengers, the technology is available, the agreement of a standard is still being discussed. The "digital" journey planner database exists, but not readily available to third parties such as online, travel agencies etc.
This could have been the ideal opportunity to accelerate the modal shift from air to rail, do we have to wait for another eruption?