The Future Of Train Travel

March 2020 Edition: mid-quarantine, can we think past the current situation?

Will the future be shiny and fast? Or something else?

The current situation may mean there’s not much travel going on, but we’ll soon be back on the rails.

The world might be looking a little different by then, though. Many airline companies have been struggling as a result of the travel restrictions.

This could mean more trains. Different types of service will be needed to fulfil changing demands – more sleepers, perhaps, or different customer needs such as business travellers needing wifi.

What are your thoughts? We would love to hear them.

Ian/we recently got involved in conversations about this on Twitter. Here are some interesting aspects that came up.

We value your opinions and thoughts here, and would love to know what you would like to see for the future of train travel.

Please comment below with your thoughts.

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2 thoughts on “The Future Of Train Travel

  1. Think you have a good point about the night trains vs. new high-speed lines – a lot of overnight services have already disappeared in Europe because the increased speed of modern trains meant they weren’t worth running. Even only a couple of years ago, I had to take a combination of Eurostar to Paris then an overnight couchette to get to a project I was working with in the south of France, with a total journey time of around 24 hours.

    By last year, the Eurostar was running directly to Avignon and Marseille, cutting the journey time to a matter of hours. On the other hand, that meant I reached my destination tired and ready for a nap rather than refreshed after a good night’s sleep on board…in terms of saving time (and money on accommodation) the sleepers are great, but I don’t think many people will consider trains a true competitor to airlines over longer distances unless the journey times can be brought down significantly.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Jennie. I think it will be a combination of less flights being available in the future, and perhaps faster/higher quality services. Maybe others reading this will know of a high speed couchette service?

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