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Article from BTNews 4 MARCH 2013

Amadeus says trains

A new study from Amadeus estimates long-distance rail traffic in Europe will grow at an annual rate of 2.1% to over 1.36bn passengers by 2020.  It is currently 1.122bn.  Whilst best known for its airline IT work Amadeus Rail is an important part of the (Spanish) listed Amadeus Group.

The report focuses on the period 2011-2020, which will see the passenger rail industry in Europe impacted by an unprecedented combination of factors, some relating to structural change, others arising from opportunities created by infrastructural investments and technology.  The report identifies that anticipated growth in passenger volume over the period 2011-2020 is driven by four key markets in particular: the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Germany.
 
The report is based on authoritative data and best practice modelling techniques from a dedicated research team at Amadeus.
 
Thomas Drexler, Director of Amadeus Rail, said: “The Rail Journey to 2020 aims to inform the debate on how seamless cross-border rail services across Europe can become a reality.  Building standards for data exchange, booking and ticketing services will fundamentally change the way the traveller will view rail travel, and move even closer towards the EC’s proposals for rail in its Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area”. www.amadeusrail.net

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