Yesterday, Friday 25 May 2007, history was made. It was the first time that a scheduled, high-speed train left Frankfurt bound for Paris, the other left Stuttgart bound for the same station. This, the rail companies claim, is the start of a greater plan, to create a Europe-wide high-speed rail network from Barcelona to Budapest. (At this point I get my British jibe in! There is NO mention of including the UK in this network because British transport policy doesn’t like railway travel).
There are two interesting perspectives found in the news. The Western Media likes to mention the fact that the trains were 35min late. The Asian media – in particular Chinese – concentrate on the plan and dream, no negative perspective!
Forbes have also run a article about the high-speed rail revolution in Europe and Asia, comparing it to the lack of development in the US