New Developments and Challenges of International Coach Services in Europe: a German and French Perspective

Organisateur : Laurent Guihéry

24.05.2016 - 24.05.2016

Germany in 2013, and France recently, are rediscovering long distance coaches. In Germany, it is much more than a rediscovery because in 2014, more than 20 million passengerstook advantage of more than 280 relations, mainly at the expense of the German railway operator: “die Deutsche Bahn” saw its low income and most flexible passengers  ‐ students mainly  ‐ join the coach lines, motivated by very low prices, high frequencies and high speed internet in the bus. New French Coach Operations are starting in September 2015. Six months later, end of February 2016, around 1.5 million passengers travelled by coaches in France (cf. France Stratégies 1.03.2016; Les Echos, 1.03.2016). This mode of transport is not new for many of our partners: it is an essential actor of interregional mobility in most countries of the world, and particularly in the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.   Are we facing today a revenge of the road on the rail in continental Europe? Why does such a new institutional reorganization come so late in France and Germany?   Our workshop will try to investigate the reason of the recovery of long distance coach in France and Germany. Some research will highlight the key role of (new) busstation in the success of this new service and we will present the first results of operating in Germany and France.   

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