Trains more popular on routes between major European capitals
People travelling through Europe are increasingly opting for the train rather than the plane, according to French Transport Minister Thierry Mariani. This is especially the case now between Paris and London, or the UK and France, and 90 percent of people are travelling by high-speed rail on the Paris-London corridor – once the world’s busiest air route. This is also the case between the two cities and Brussels.
Mariani was visiting Australia and making the case for French involvement in future high-speed rail developments there. A debate is currently raging in Australia about whether or not to create high-speed rail project.
One study estimates the cost of setting up a high-speed rail network between Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane at somewhere between US$70 billion dollars and US$115 billion dollars.