FR: To promote sustainable travel between the two countries, Ireland and France plan to launch a ticket that combines French and Irish trains with a ferry ticket. It will be available by the summer of 2023.

French president Emmanuel Macron and Micheál Martin, head of government (Taoiseach) of Ireland, have decided the two countries will work on a single ‘Franco-Irish ticket’ for the train and the ferry. The leaders spoke over a working lunch last week when Macron visited Dublin. The goal is to promote travel between Ireland and France in a sustainable and simple way, at a reasonable price, they said in a news release of the French presidency. Particularly young people would be targeted with the ticket. The precise details such as prices will yet have to be determined.

In a similar initiative, France authorities are also working together with Germany for a “Franco-German” train ticket for young people with the goal of promoting travel between the two countries. French transport minister Clément Beaune and his German counterpart Volker Wissing announced this last November. More details will be outlined by the Franco-German Council of Ministers in January 2023, the transport ministers said in a joint statement.

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European rail market on the rise

Ohe global rail market will grow by almost 20 per cent in the next five years – along with the Asia-Pacific region, Europe is one of the biggest drivers of this development.
Investments in the European rail network have increased in recent years, especially in Western Europe: on average, 4.1 percent more was invested in infrastructure and rail control in 2021 and 2022 than in previous years. This is a trend that must continue in the coming years: The national rail networks have partly reached their load limit. Especially in Europe’s largest railway country, Germany, there has been an investment backlog for years.
In the fight against climate change, Europe is focusing above all on rail transport and wants to get more goods and passengers on the rails. In addition to modernising and expanding the existing networks, the EU is also focusing on the ationwide introduction of the “European Rail Traffic Management System” (ERTMS). By equipping a national network with ERTMS , it becomes accessible to every train equipped with this system. Transnational rail traffic will thus become more low-threshold and a uniform European railway area will be made possible.
The decision to introduce ERTMS as a standard has been fuelling the market for rolling stock and signalling technology in Europe for several years. 

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Celin Berg

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