Tag Archives: Köln

Amsterdam: IJburg’s Long Term Transit Solution – Part 2

20 Mar
GVB Amsterdam Tram Amsterdamse Brug

I posted before about IJburg in Amsterdam and the transit situation on the man made island. I suggested, rather optimistically, that a new tram service could be instigated for IJburg and outlined the route. It attracted a fair bit of attention, with some people even asking when it would start, which was a good thing […]

Stuttgart 21: The Cost of Efficiency

20 Aug
Map of Stuttgart 21 Plan Stuttgart to Airport Flughafen and Ulm link High Speed Rail Link Deutsche Bahn DB

In Stuttgart 2 weeks ago I witnessed a protest-rally against Stuttgart 21. In a time where transit projects across Europe seem to be having a problem with cost control let’s take a look and see why this project is on the table in the first place. A New Heart of Europe Backed by the EU, […]

Transit Service Recovery: A Trip Back From Germany Becomes an Ordeal

15 Jul

A severe storm in the morning of July 12th disrupted rail services in North West Germany which affected services through Köln Hbf. Travelling back from Köln my girlfriend arrived for the 14:46 ICE 124 train to Amsterdam to find it was 90 minutes late with no further information. Towards the end of the 90 minutes […]

How should rail in the community be subsidised?

22 Feb

“Why should taxpayers subsidise branch lines”, is a popular argument and the instant reaction is that they shouldn’t. However a popular problem amongst developed nations is road congestion and the cost of access charges to the road network (mainly Car Tax). Leaving aside the argument for extra taxes/charges to rebalance the “Economic externalities caused by […]