European Year of Rail 2021 will highlight rail’s role in European heritage

Steam locomotive on the Gamle Vossebanen in Norway
Steam locomotive on the Gamle Vossebanen in Norway. Image: Nelson50 Wikimedia CC BY-SA 2.5

1 January 2021 marked the beginning of the European Year of Rail. The initiative will promote rail as a sustainable, innovative and safe mode of transport. Various events and projects will highlight the many dimensions of rail, including rail’s role in European heritage.

Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport, said: “The European Year of Rail gives us the opportunity to re-discover this mode of transport. Through a variety of actions, we will use this occasion to help rail realise its full potential.  I invite all of you to be part of the European Year of Rail.”

The initiative, proposed by the European Commission in March 2020 and adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in December 2020, is part of the EU’s efforts under the European Green Deal, the EU’s plan to make its economy sustainable by achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

Visit the official website here and watch the teaser video below:

Source: European Commission.

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