German Greens propose high-speed night train from Wales as part of Europe-wide network
The German Greens have proposed a high-speed night train from Wales as part of a Europe-wide network, in a bid to cut down on the use of planes for travel.
The train would run from Holyhead to Paris, primarily as a means of linking Dublin with the rest of the continent.
They said the 250kmh train could be paid for by the European Investment Bank.
As a centrally located country in the EU, Germany needs to take on a leading role in the development of a European night train network, they said.
The proposal is part of the party’s manifesto ahead of the national Bundestag elections on Sunday, 26 September.
Polls project that the party is on course to nearly double its 2017 vote share of 8.4 per cent, and if that comes to pass it could join the next federal government as a coalition partner for either the centre-left Social Democrats or centre-right Christian Democrats.
“Night trains should be attractive to everyone,” the Greens said. “If you are on the road a little longer in a climate-friendly way, you shouldn’t pay extra for it.
“International air traffic is currently given enormous tax preferential treatment: Airlines do not pay any mineral oil tax on aviation kerosene and international flight tickets are even exempt from sales tax. These distortions of competition must urgently be corrected.
“We need cheap tickets that can compete with airfare. With suitable offers for every budget, it is possible to make night trains attractively priced.”