Bundesrailing could soon become simpler than blinking
Hopefully it’ll soon be easier to rail-jaunt your way around Europe’s fair towns and cities as the European Commission are aiming to make train ticketing and timetabling much simpler than it currently is.
Their grand plan is to make rail bookings as easy as airline bookings, with a beautiful pan-European system in place that’ll make travelling from Middlesbrough to Minsk as simple as boiling an egg. Or something.
At the moment, the whole thing is a gnarly old nightmare as passenger data is held in different ways in different countries but EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas dreamily suggested that the new, standardised system is: “just the start of a much bigger push to make pan-European rail planning and ticketing a reality”.
We’re clinging on to your coat tails here Siim – for god’s sake, please don’t let us down.