Every May thousands of Eurovision fans, press members and delegates fly into the airport of the host country. That translates into a lot of carbon being released into the atmosphere. We all say we’re concerned, but happily get on board anyway. Well this is a situation that ProRail (which manages train lines in the country) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management would like to see change.
In a small manifest uploaded to their site, ProRail reveals their vision to collaborate with the European railway managers to come up with a plan to implement sustainable train connections between European cities for big international events.
The railway manager would love to use Eurovision 2020 as a major “test case” to see whether they can encourage more Europeans to take the train to other parts of Europe instead of flying. Greta Thunberg would be proud
Although the infrastructure is there, most Europeans still take a plane to travel within the continent. The main reason is the expense of rail travel. A train with Eurofans would emit eleven times less damaging gasses than a plane. On top of that, the average train would also carry five times as many passengers as a Boeing 737 would. The math is easy to figure out.
Here’s how the manifesto elaborates on the idea.
“For short distances, passenger trains should not only be the most sustainable, but moreover be the most attractive option. For some connections, this is already the case: Eurovision fans that come from Paris will be in the heart of Rotterdam within three hours. Such comfortable, quick connections are what we of course want in a lot more cities in the countries that surround us.”
For several routes in Europe, Eurovision fans are able to take the train already. From Brussels and Paris, the host city can be reached via the Thalys train service. The German stations of Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Berlin are served by intercities from Deutsche Bahn. Adding to that the Eurostar recently started services to London St. Pancras station, which offers competitive prices compared to airfares between Rotterdam/The Hague and Schiphol and any of the London airports.
Would you consider going to Rotterdam by train? Or are you already coming by train? Let us know in the comments below!