New travel system for Europe delayed again, to 2025
The European Commission has announced that the ambitious new travel system planned for 2025 has been delayed yet again. The planned Interrail system, which would have connected the continent’s capital cities by train, was initially announced in 2010 but has now been postponed by five years.
The system was meant to be a revolution in European transport that would have provided a single, unified train ticket scheme allowing people to travel freely between any two points on the continent. The hope was that this would have made travel across Europe much more affordable and convenient.
However, officials conceded that the plan was becoming increasingly difficult to implement as the costs and complexity of the project grew. Additionally, the Commission now believes that the system should be tied into the Digital Single Market, which is a separate Europe-wide initiative which is still in the early stages of development.
This delay marks the latest setback for one of Europe’s most ambitious transport initiatives, which has been plagued by setbacks and delays since its conception. It remains to be seen whether the Interrail system will ever come to fruition, or if it will remain a distant dream of European travel.