6 key factors for the future of European passenger rail [new report]

Thomas Drexler

Former Head of Rail and Ground Travel, Amadeus IT Group

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Showcasing the facts, figures, and trends that will define the future of European passenger rail – the report focuses on the period 2011-2020, which will see the industry impacted by an unprecedented combination of factors.

The Rail journey to 2020

After many months of exhaustive research – I’m happy to announce that our comprehensive European Rail report is now available for download.

The Rail Journey to 2020 Report estimates that long-distance passenger traffic will increase by 21 per cent (2.2 per cent annually) to reach over 1.36 billion by 2020, 238 million up compared to 2011 figures. This anticipated growth in passenger volume will be driven by four key markets in particular: the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and Germany.

Six key trends that will shape the evolution of the passenger rail industry, and its relationships with other modal providers in the period to 2020 are outlined in the report:

  • Liberalisation
  • New market entrants
  • Completion of new high-speed lines
  • New hubs
  • Air-Rail and Rail-Rail cooperation
  • Railways’ costs

The report concludes with comments on how passenger rail operators can take advantage of the trends transforming the industry landscape, and position themselves to benefit from opportunities that currently lie beyond their borders.