YFactor presents: Next Stop podcast  

​​​2021 marks the celebration of the European Year of Rail, an initiative launched by the European Commission to showcase the benefits of rail as a smart and sustainable way of transport. The CoR trainees of Spring 2021 decided to join the efforts in raising the awareness about the perks of rail transport through the production the "Next Stop" podcast series.

​ What is the Next Stop podcast about?

As the European Union is pushing towards a greener mobility with rail at the center of its plans, CoR trainees decided to dedicate their YFactor project to highlights how investing in rail connections and using rail as a way of travel benefits the whole European community. Rail brings European people, cities and regions closer together and do so in a nature-friendly, cost-effective manner. This is the core message at the heart of the Next Stop podcast.

Next Stop track list

Next Stop will comprise 8 episodes, all focusing on different topics related to the #EUYearOfRail and to the state of rail connections across Europe:

1. Introduction to the European Year of Rail and relaunch after Covid-19

2. Discover EU

3. Climate friendly alternative

4. Transport exclusion and deterioration of infrastructures

5. Inclusion and diversity 

6. Behaviour changes and charging system 

7. Connecting Europe Express and Trans Europe Express

8. Future of the Rail

The podcast will host MEPs, EU officials and experts of the rail sectors. With their insights, the hosts will guide the listeners to the discovery of rail and what it means for the future of mobility in the European Union.

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  • #4 "Rail 4 all" w/ Bartosz Jakubowski (PL/Jagiellonian Club Analysis Centre) & Iwona Budych
    In the early 80s and 90s the Polish government cancelled around 9000 km of railway routes, around a third of all routes, abandoning the infrastructures and leaving many people unconnected. In this fourth episode of Next Stop, Iwona Budych, President of the Transport Exclusion Association, and the analyst on public transport Bartosz Jakubowski join us to discuss about the consequences of transport exclusion and share with us the Polish case, where the lack of a trustworthy timetable and a sufficient frequency of trains made many people switch to cars. But what happened with those people who don't have access to cars? Nowadays around 15 million people are transport excluded in Poland, a phenomenon that affects specially children, women, elderly and people living in rural areas. Iwona points out the importance of an efficient network of public transport to ensure everyone has proper access to the labour market, education, health, and other services.
  • #3 "Towards a climate-neutral EU" w/ Javi López Fernandez (ES/MEP)
    Trains are among the more sustainable forms of transport. Night trains and high speed rails could replace short distance flights and they could reduce by 80% aviation transport in the same routes. In this third episode of Next Stop we discuss with the MEP Javi López Fernandez, member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament, how rail can help to reduce transport emissions to deliver the Green Deal goals, meaning climate neutrality by 2050. Javi López claims for a "new era of rail" and stresses the necessity to increase the use of trains not only among individuals but also when it comes to the transportation of goods within Europe. He highlights the importance of cooperating sharing technology and expertise with regions like Latin America in order to fight climate change in a global scale. Projects like the Tren Maya in Mexico or the Central Bi-Oceanic railway are some examples of this close cooperation. Did you know that there is a railway tube connecting the city of Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden? Get on board, we'll take you on a climate-friendly journey!
  • #2 "Discover the EU" w/ Lucy Allan & Vincent-Immanuel Herr
    How is it to travel across Europe for half a year, meeting new people, visiting new cities and discovering the diversity of Europe through the window? In the second episode of Next Stop Lucy Allan, winner of the 2019 DiscoverEU competition, takes us on a journey around Europe: from Glasgow to Budapest, via Rotterdam, Berlin, Luxembourg, Bern and Bratislava. The German activist and strong advocate of Free Interrail passes for young people, Vincent Immanuel Herr, joins us for a conversation about the DiscoverEU initiative and the importance of Interrail as a tool to shape the European identity and to increase the support for the EU program. Travelling by train around Europe showed him how Europe was diverse and connected at the same time and made him a true European. Did you know that the world’s first travel agency started thanks to a train trip? Get on board, we'll take you on a journey through the villages, forests, rivers, castles and cities of Europe!
  • #1 Getting back on Track after COVID w Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg (DEMEP)
    How can trains contribute to meet the Green Deal objectives as well as to the post-pandemic recovery? In this first episode of Next Stop the MEP and rapporteur for the European Year of Rail, Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg from the Greens talks about the relaunch of rail sector after the pandemic and the role of trains in strengthening European territorial cohesion. In the interview Ms. Deparnay-Grunenberg regrets that not enough funds are directed to the rail sector but sees the Recovery and Resilience Plans as a good start. She also presents a set of proposals to promote the use of the rail, especially among young people. Do you know which European ruler had to abdicate in a train in the beginning of the 20th century? And that one of the first movies ever made was about a steam train pulling into the station? Get on board, we'll take you on a journey through the amazing world of trains!