European Year of Rail

2021 is the European Year of Rail, shining a light on one of the most sustainable, innovative and safest transport modes we have!

A variety of activities will put rail in the spotlight throughout 2021 across the continent, to encourage the use of rail by both people and freight and to contribute to the EU Green Deal goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050.


Connecting Europe Express

The Connecting Europe Express, a special train, will be one of the European Year of Rail’s most emblematic initiatives.

As of September, the Connecting Europe Express will travel across the EU and stop in most European capitals to promote the many benefits of rail - for passengers, freight and the environment.  The project will also raise awareness of the importance of financing sustainable infrastructure such as rail, and EU support for such investment. The train’s journey is possible thanks to good cooperation between European rail operators and infrastructure managers.


Why rail
Modern railways are more relevant than ever for our sustainable and digital mobility transformation, and for regaining passengers’ trust in collective transport; this has been severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic.  

Rail is not only sustainable: it is also safe and innovative; it connects people, cities and regions all across the European Union.

It also has a strong European dimension: the EU has one of the densest railway networks worldwide, and our rail industry and companies are world champions and a valuable source of jobs and growth in Europe.

Joined forces
The European Commission is teaming up with partners at EU and national level to explore ways to encourage the use of sustainable transport modes such as rail by both citizens and businesses.

Do you want to get involved in the European Year of Rail 2021 and the Connecting Europe Express?

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