1 November 2022, London Marriott Hotel County Hall
21 November 2022, Hilton London Metropole
12 December 2022, etc.venues Monument, London
A new study has pinpointed key areas of improvement for European high speed rail.
The survey of some 7,000 adults by Yougov revealed being able to complete a cross-border rail journey on one booking was highest on the list of priorities.
Nearly 60 per cent of respondents said they would like to be able to book connecting rail travel and other modes of transport, so that they need only hold one ticket to complete their entire journey.
Currently, travellers often need to hold two separate tickets to complete their international rail journey, as it may come under two or more rail operators.
Adults acros six European countries – France, UK, Italy, Spain and Sweden – took part in the survey, which was commissioned by Amadeus.
Other areas where respondents said they would welcome improvement included the security process and onboard offering.
Some 46 per cent said they would like to pre-book on-board entertainment and wifi for their journey, while 38 per cent said fast track check-in and security would be a priority.
Overall, the survey revealed that the potential of international rail travel in Europe is strong.
Some 77 per cent of respondents said they would choose to take an international high speed train instead over another means of transport, if the cost was competitive.
According to Thomas Drexler, head of Amadeus Rail, international rail travel in Europe is set to become more popular in the near future.
“The renaissance of rail is truly underway. The next three years will see the transformation of rail as it firmly establishes itself as a truly international form of high speed travel.”