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Air and Rail: Setting the Record Straight
- environment, investment, mobility & political bias
The interaction between air transport and High Speed Rail (HSR) is a key strategic issue for the future of transport in Europe. European Regulators, including the European Commission, favour High Speed Rail ahead of air transport in the policy and funding choices they have made. The substitution of regional air transport by HSR is regularly stated as a means to solve Europe's congestion and environmental problems caused by aviation.
Few of these actions and arguments have been supported by hard facts.
This study looks at the merits of both air and rail and examines the case for each, in terms of their environmental impact, return on investment, competition and substitution, as well as the different regulatory approaches taken by policy makers for each mode.
The conclusions are clear: the case for rail as the "preferred" mode of transport by policy-makers and transport planners cannot be justified.
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