From our Swindon correspondent:
via the Independent
Sweden could soon be within easy reach of London by overnight sleeper train under proposals drawn up by the country’s rail planners.
Passengers from the UK would be able to catch the Eurostar to Brussels and then change directly onto a sleeper train, waking up in the city of Malmö the next morning.
Didn’t we get rid of most of the overnights with flights? Who wants to sit on an overnight train for 15 hours from London including a change of trains, only to arrive in Malmo rather than Stockholm? When are you going to eat as part of this genius plan if you arrive in the morning and it’s 15 hours?
Wouldn’t you rather get a flight at 5pm, arrive into Stockholm at 8, check into a hotel and be fresh to start work the next day rather than crumpled up in a train carriage?
Just a few years ago sleeper trains were being cut by operators across Europe because of competition from low-cost airlines, but there has been renewed interest in the services with the rise of the “flygskam” or flight-shaming movement
So, it’s one of these upper normie things where everyone says “oh, I’d much prefer to take the train, if I could”. The truth of this movement is that it’s only had a 5% impact on airline bookings, and most of the effect of that is on domestic flights. And some of that’s been happening anyway elsewhere, probably from people working remotely more.
I suspect “eco” for most people is at the margins and convenient for people. Flight time from Stockholm to Gothenburg is an hour. Train is 4 hours, but when you add together all the check in times and transfers from cities, and depending on where you live, there may not be much in it for many people. They aren’t following St Greta and taking a boat across the Atlantic.