Rome, Paris or Amsterdam. Prague wants to subsidize up to 50 million crowns a year for night trains
Carriers are to receive money from the city to support the marketing and operation of night trains.
In the future, Prague wants to subsidize the introduction and operation of night trains to some European cities up to fifty million crowns a year. It follows from document, which was approved yesterday by Prague representatives.
There are three main routes in the list of possible connections. From Prague to the west via Frankfurt to Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris, to the north to Hamburg and Copenhagen and to the south to Milan, Venice and Rome.
“The capital city of Prague is due to its location and an important place for such railway lines. Possible demand and cooperation with foreign railway administrations may show the feasibility of such connections, “The city states in the explanatory memorandum. He also argues that other municipalities subsidize air connections with the world, such as the Moravian-Silesian Region route to Warsaw.
The decision of the representatives will enable negotiations with carriers on marketing and financial ceilings for connections from Prague to European capitals. A similar step has recently been taken by some governments in neighboring countries, which want to restore a number of night connections.
“The development of recent years shows that people are interested in traveling by train overnight and in the Czech Republic we were able to see this again this year with trains to Croatia,“Said Adam Scheinherr, Deputy Minister for Transport.
In recent years, night trains have undergone major reductions throughout Europe, including the Czech Republic; in the last two years, they have experienced a great boom, mainly due to debates on climate change.
“We want to motivate carriers to start traveling to Prague. A night train journey offers safety and comfort when traveling throughout Europe, including private bathrooms with a bed and shower. In addition, it has its own specific charm,Added Scheinherr.
The city states in the explanatory memorandum that night rail connections do not have the support of regions and the state. Prague will also start negotiations with Václav Havel Airport, the Ministry of Transport and the European Commission on the possible background of night connections.