Opinion piece: Linking rail and air networks together in multimodal transport hubs
We need to stop thinking in terms of either trains or planes and link the rail and air networks together. With better international rail transport, Schiphol could grow with fewer flights.
However, this requires substantial investments – not so much in physical infrastructure, but mainly in international rail network services. With improved services, and only limited investments in physical infrastructure, international train travel could become a viable alternative and supplement to flights under 700 km. European airports should therefore develop into multimodal transport hubs, in order to seamlessly integrate improved rail transport with the aviation network.
For a number of places you can already predict that they will get such an air-rail hub: Frankfurt, Paris, Madrid, Rome and… Schiphol – if we want that. The airports of Frankfurt and Paris are already taking big steps, and if Royal Schiphol Group and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines do not want to miss their connection, we will have to start now with a long-term plan and cooperation between governments and transport operators. The Dutch government and the EU have an important role to play in this.
Read more in this opinion piece in de Volkskrant by Jasper van Kuijk, Suzanne Hiemstra-van Mastrigt, Wijnand Veeneman, and Sicco Santema: https://www.volkskrant.nl/columns-opinie/opinie-denk-niet-langer-in-of-treinen-of-vliegen-maar-maak-van-schiphol-een-europese-vlieg-treinhub~b3395804/ (article in Dutch)