It’s a special year for rail

Declaring 2021 the ‘European Year of Rail’ was a timely and most welcome decision to celebrate the many benefits rail brings to Europe.

Our campaign joins a variety of activities that will put rail in the spotlight throughout 2021. Across the continent actors are coming together to encourage the use of rail by citizens and businesses as a means of reaching the EU Green Deal goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050.


The Connecting Europe Express

Railways wholeheartedly welcome the European Commission’s Year of Rail initiative and are actively helping to spread the messages among citizens on the ground. They are also organising partners in the flagship “Connecting Europe Express” project.

The Connecting Europe Express is a special event train that will cross Europe this fall as one of the European Year of Rail’s most visible initiatives. It will begin its journey in September stopping in most European capitals with events and other activities planned at local level. At each stop, the train will deliver its important message on the benefits of rail as the cornerstone of a smarter, more sustainable way for passengers and freight to move efficiently, safely and seamlessly throughout the continent.

The train is made possible by CER and its members who are providing all necessary rolling stock, staff and services along the route. Europe’s railways will be rolling out the red carpet to welcome the train to their stations.