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A ray of hope on the freight front is EU-wide cooperation. The most profitable distance for railfreight happens to be a range (say around 800 km) that would cross most European borders. But borders are the main barriers, as I detailed in richardk's high speed thread. France had problematic rail borders with Britain, Spain -- and Germany, where the two biggest rail technology rivals kept blocking access by each other. But in the last few years they began to cooperate better, say the introduction and mutual acceptance of dual-system locos. On the medium term, the Spanish re-gauging plan should help to increase traffic there too. As for Britain, solving the misery of the Eurotunnel freight transit would need political will (either pushing through SNCF acceptance of Eurotunnel-run services on its lines, or state involvement in Eurotunnel).

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Mar 25th, 2007 at 04:23:56 AM EST
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