Sweden gears up to launch overnight rail service to support flight shame

Stockholm, Sweden - Sweden, the leading country of the flight shame movement, is looking for new ways to cut down the carbon footprint generated by civil aviation.

The Scandinavian country is planning to launch an overnight sleeper rail service between Malmö and Cologne, Germany through Denmark.

Swedish government commissioned the Swedish Transport Administration to study the feasibility of the proposed route.

Although it is still being examined, Swedish Railways already set a timetable. According to this timetable, the train will depart from Malmö at 7:40 p.m. and arrive in Cologne at 6 a.m. the following day.

The connection will also allow passengers to travel to the U.K. around midday. With the current connection options, it takes 16-17 hours getting to the U.K from Sweden.

Passengers will also be able to connect to the other European destinations such as Paris, Amsterdam, and Munich.

The Swedish authorities aim to launch additional rail services to Hamburg, Frankfurt, Brussels, Berlin, and Basel in the long run.

Compared to air travel, rail travel requires quite a bit more time for getting to the target destinations, but “flygskam” or “flight shame” is going on to get more and more supporters in Sweden.

1 in 5 people in Sweden prefers alternative travel options to avoid air travel due to the environmental concerns, recent research suggests.

STA (Swedish Transport Administration) says the service could start between 2022-2023 if everything goes as planned.

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