So far one EU country with a railway has been missing from my #CrossBorderRail project – Ireland. Because it only has a railway border to a non-EU Member State.
But this autumn I am finally putting that right! Ireland and France aim to make it possible to travel between the two countries, but the practicalities are far from simple. So I will be travelling from Brussels through France to Roscoff in Brittany, and then onto the ferry to Cork, with MEP from the Green Party (Ireland) – to document all of this. There will be events in Cork and Dublin, and I will also go to investigate the Ireland – Northern Ireland border, and ideas to re-activate a line between Strabane and Letterkenny (as mentioned in the All-Island Strategic Rail Review). I will depart from Rosslare on the ferry to Fishguard.
Later in September I will go and examine a number of borders Netherlands-Belgium, Poland-Czechia, Czechia-Slovakia and Austria-Slovakia I have not yet visited, and will even give a speech on board the Kulturzug between Berlin and Wrocław on 30th September. I will also be speaking at a variety of different events in Salzburg, Winterswijk and Wien, with more events in planning.
Then to complete the travels for the autumn I am making a massive journey all the way to Santiago de Compostela for the Interreg Annual Event. But simply going there would be rather dull, so I am taking the chance to investigate some more cross border railways en route.
All the details of the route, timetables, borders to be crossed, maps and events are on the #CrossBorderRail site here.
There has also been some press coverage of my cross border rail work, most notably in Spain and Austria.
El Periódico featured two pieces – about why Spain’s rail borders are so bad, and about my project – and these featured also in the printed newspaper. There are versions in Catalan as well – about the borders, and the profile.
And last but not least my projects for this autumn were featured in Politico Playbook (you have to scroll down a bit – they don’t do anchors in the HTML it seems).