Connecting Europe Express: Year of Rail 2021
European Commission has officially announced the route and timetable of the Connecting Europe Express, as part of the European Year of Rail 2021.
The train will link the Portuguese, Slovenian and French Presidencies of the Council of the EU, arriving in Paris on October 7. It will begin with its journey on September 2 in Lisbon and will stop im 26 countries and more than 70 cities.
Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean said: “Crisscrossing the continent, from Lisbon to Bucharest and from Berlin to Paris, the Connecting Europe Express will follow routes that bind us together – whether countries, businesses or people. While a symbol for connectivity, this train also serves as a reminder that we still have a long way to go and much work to do before rail becomes the transport option of choice for Europeans. Welcome the Connecting Europe Express as it stops at a station near you and join the events taking place around the continent.”
At each of the stops, events and other activities, adapted to local COVID-19 measures, will shine a light on the key role that rail plays for our society, but also on the challenges that rail must still overcome to attract more passengers and freight, reports EUReporter.