Trains

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Rail accidents: Hungary leads the list in fatality figures 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

According to the annual assessment of the European Railway Agency, the trend of a steady decrease in the number of rail accidents continues. However, rail-related suicide rates remain roughly the same.


Four ways of looking at European cross-border rail links 

Monday 12 April 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

According to absolute numbers, Central Europe can count on the most cross-border train connections on the continent. What happens, however, if we take into account the length of each country’s borders and their population sizes?


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More and more trains crossing European borders 

Monday 29 March 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
Lorenzo Ferrari
| OBC Transeuropa

A dense network of cross-border rail connections cuts through the continent, and it’s set to expand even further in the coming years thanks to new infrastructure and the birth of the European single rail market. However, there are still profound differences between the central and peripheral regions of Europe.


Greece’s deadly rail tracks  Large investigation in depth

Monday 30 December 2019 | Ilias Stathatos
Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

Greece takes the bloody lead in terms of deaths and injuries in rail accidents in the EU, with about 25 victims per year. Problems are mainly caused by unsafe level crossings, poor infrastructure and traffic management systems, and understaffed companies.


It is difficult to reach school in Italy's least connected provinces  Large investigation

Monday 24 February 2020 | Openpolis

In certain areas of Italy the distance to the nearest railway station makes this form of transport impractical. Below, we take a look at how well or poorly – and how many – schools in these areas are connected to households' places of residence.


“Warning, No Signal”  Large investigation in depth

Monday 30 December 2019 | Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

Only 30 km of the whole rail network in Greece has functioning train traffic lights. The installation of new European Train Control System has derailed in the country because of mismanagement – costing tens of millions of public funds and several fatalities.


Railways in Greece: poor service, no competition 

Friday 27 December 2019 | Eleni Stamatoukou
| OBC Transeuropa

Passenger train services are heavily subsidised in Greece, taking advantage of loopholes and delays allowed by EU law. A new memorandum signed by the government keeps state aid and TrainOSE’s monopoly in place, despite the fact that many routes are not operated and citizens are not happy with the service they receive. 


Don't miss the train: Methodology

Wednesday 18 December 2019 | Journalism++

What we did and how we did it

This article tries to answer a seemingly straightforward question: how easy it is for citizens in Europe to travel by train, and what explains differences within countries? In our attempt to answer this, we wanted to look at two measures – distances to train stations and the proportion of people who are well connected to (less than 10,000 steps to a station) versus poorly connected from (at least 30,000 steps to a station) the railway network.


How the European Rail Traffic Management System works (and why it's not working)  Large investigation

Monday 30 December 2019 | Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

In order to increase security, capacity and competitiveness of European railways, the European Commission is encouraging the adoption of a common railway signage system throughout the entire EU, which is called ERTMS. Its implementation is much more expensive and slow than anticipated however.


How effective is the Slovenian railway network compared to the rest of the EU?  Large investigation

Monday 23 December 2019 | Anže Voh Boštic
| Pod črto

EDJNet's large investigation on trains in Europe compared the accessibility of train stations, the price of tickets and the speed of train travel. Slovenia performs well in terms of accessibility and price, and much worse in average speed.