Railroad traffic in Europe & your opinion about it 19 replies

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Relander

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#1 11 years ago

Are you tired on sitting in a car in the middle of rush-hour? Perhaps, perhaps not. In any case, railroad traffic is ever increasing form of travel in Europe. It's more environmentally friendly than original car traffic and can transport more people & material than common trucks. But, you can't get everywhere by travelling via railroad, high ticket prices bother some people and constructing railway and maintenancing it might be rather expensive.

Should be we content with car traffic or do we need more investments on railroads? How often you use a train?




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#2 11 years ago

Here in the UK, much of our rail transport was pretty much ripped off and sold to other countries, and it's virtually impossible to get anywhere by bus around here too. A few years ago we quite possibly had the worst rail system on the face of the Earth, and we're probably still infamous for it.

Then again, it may just be the fact that I live in one of the more rural areas of the UK, the nearest train station being a bus journey away or a day's travel, and I live near the largest town in the UK and/or Europe without a train station - Corby, with 50 000+ residents.

If anywhere needs transportation improvement in Europe, it's probably here.




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#3 11 years ago

We have a good public transportation system here, but it's too expensive. The prices are ever increasing while the service remains the same or gets worse.




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#4 11 years ago

Public transportation is a must. Building more roads just increases traffic - expanding public transportation and encouraging its use is the way to go. And getting it into peoples' heads that as long as there are cars, there will be lines, that there's such a thing as global warming, etc. etc. etc.




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#5 11 years ago

The railway system is not too bad as it is but it and other forms of public transportation can't always compete with the car. Therefor even better public transport is needed. You can reach pretty much any place by public transport these days but the mission now is to make it more frequent, cheaper, reliable etc. The less changes people have to make (if you have to changes transport 2, 3, 4 or more times it can be annoying) the better. If you can reach any plae in the country with high speed , close to zero changes (boarding an other public transport) , high frequency etc. you really don't need a car any more (atleast not that often).

More iron, less (not more) pavement.




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#6 11 years ago

British railways for one need a massive overhaul in every respect. No point getting shiny new trains if large portions of the country are stiill shittily timetabled.




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#7 11 years ago

I Partially agree. As a worker of the glories Danish Railroad Company :D(DSB) I think its a good thing when they expand railnetworks. But it doesn't really matter how much they expand it due to the fact that there are more positive sides to take the car. Sure it might be a little bit more expensive (not much though) on a long trip. But you can stop along the road anytime you want. And that is why I voted Partially agree because I don't want the politicians to lose focus on the motorized traffic either with expansions of highways etc.




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#8 11 years ago
MrFancypantsWe have a good public transportation system here, but it's too expensive. The prices are ever increasing while the service remains the same or gets worse.

That's sad to hear. Public transportation decrease traffic jams, accidents, fumes & noise made by private transportation like private cars and that is why the European governments should invest more money on railroad traffic & also on public transportation in general.

Many people say how the ticket prices are so high, but in this case they should look into the mirror: ticket prices are high significantly because of the people who don't buy a ticket in the first place. Perhaps it's not that big issue for some people, but I find it not only illegal, but also immoral and selfish: it could be compared to situation where unknown person uses your car without any compensation.

What the railway staff should do is bring up the fines of travelling without a ticked and inspect the ticket much more frequently: ordinary train conductors check the tickets very rarely if ever. It must be made propable that you get caught if you travel without a ticket, otherwise the situation won't change much.




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#9 11 years ago

Relander;3369053That's sad to hear. Public transportation decrease traffic jams, accidents, fumes & noise made by private transportation like private cars and that is why the European governments should invest more money on railroad traffic & also on public transportation in general.

Many people say how the ticket prices are so high, but in this case they should look into the mirror: ticket prices are high significantly because of the people who don't buy a ticket in the first place. Perhaps it's not that big issue for some people, but I find it not only illegal, but also immoral and selfish: it could be compared to situation where unknown person uses your car without any compensation.

What the railway staff should do is bring up the fines of travelling without a ticked and inspect the ticket much more frequently: ordinary train conductors check the tickets very rarely if ever. It must be made propable that you get caught if you travel without a ticket, otherwise the situation won't change much.

Good point there. Luckily I live in a rather small city, so public transportation is simply easier to use than searching for a parking place for half an hour. What is more, I don't travel often enough to other cities to justify a car.

I'm not sure though about your second point, the prices (at least here) are increasing because of increasing energy prices and mismanagement, not because there aren't enough people using public transportation.

Tickets are controlled quite often here though (train tickets frequently, bus tickets varying from city to city).

I envy countries like Russia: In St.Petersburg you never have to wait more than 5 minutes for a subway and then you only have to pay about 30 cents.




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#10 11 years ago

I know this is about Europe but I'm gonna put in my two cents. I REALLY want some more forms of mass transportation here in the U.S. Yeah, buses can get you some places, and soem cities have train, trolley, or subway system, but for the most part if you want to get somewhere you have to drive. This is a big thing I'm gonna be looking for once I can vote. Asking my senator to put forward a national train system. The only problem is considering the U.S. "popularity" with terrorists it could become dangerous. But still, I think the risk would be tiny in comparison to the amazing benefits for the environment and also for people like me who don't drive.

It annoys me greatly.




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