Happy New Year! I hope you have a great one. If, like me, you either need or want trains as your main mode of transport, there is a lot to look forward to in 2019. Before we get started, a quick reminder that my podcast Dear Railway is still online. I started Season 2 a few months ago and plan to post new episodes in the coming weeks.
In December 2018, the traditional railway timetable change throughout Europe brought many exciting new travel opportunities. In my home region, the Belfort-Delle railway reopened after 26 years of closure, adding a new link between France and Switzerland. This line allows travellers from northwestern Switzerland to easily access Europe's high speed rail network at Belfort-Montbéliard TGV station.
So what should we expect for 2019?
As you can see, there is a lot to look forward to in Europe in 2019. I have, of course, left some out. Some of these do not seem exciting, but in fact they all contribute to continue building Europe's mighty transport network. We will also keep following the building of the Ceneri base tunnel in Switzerland (to be opened next year), the enlargement of the Paris metro ahead of the 2024 Olympics, the controversial Lyon-Turin tunnel, HS2 in the UK, the Karlsruhe-Basel project, and many more. As for me, I hope to continue sharing my thoughts and train passions here and elsewhere. Have an amazing new year, keep travelling, and bon voyage.