International rail connections between the capitals of Central Europe. Graphic courtesy Centre for Sustainable Transport (CZT).
(Click image to access source material – in Polish – on CTZ website.)
Notwithstanding various European Commission initiatives to create a ‘connected Europe’, and to encourage a modal shift to rail, Poland’s international rail connections are pretty dire. Now the ‘Man in Seat 61‘ reports how international connections from Wroclaw Glowny have been slashed.
Should Wroclaw be stripped of its 2016 European City of Culture status?
First the Berlin-Wroclaw-Krakow sleeper train got cut. Then the Berlin-Wroclaw-Krakow daytime EuroCity train Wawel got cut back to Berlin-Wroclaw. Then it disappeared completely in December 2014, a civilised train replaced by 5 hours strapped to a bus seat, as if Wroclaw was not a major city, but a remote village far distant from the European rail network. In a month or two, all Dresden-Wroclaw regional trains will be cut, unbelievably (a) leaving a 2km gap across the border between rail services on either side and (b) leaving Wroclaw with no direct trains whatsoever to or from Germany & the West. Can such a remote and inaccessible village possibly be European City of Culture 2016? Perhaps the title should be reallocated to a city people can actually get to… Wroclaw needs to wake up and reassert its need for proper links to the rest of Europe.
A hat tip to Chris White and Podrożnik for today’s stories.