Transport plan aims to reduce carbon emissions from sector by 60% over next 40 years.

This article titled “EU could ground short-haul flights in favour of high-speed rail” was written by Dan Milmo, for on Monday 18th April 2011 10.56 UTC

Short-haul flights across Europe could be replaced by high-speed rail under ambitious European Union proposals to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport by 60% over the next 40 years.

According to the EU, Heathrow’s congestion problems could be eased by cutting domestic and European flights, while demand for new runways could be suppressed by building new rail networks. The EU transport commissioner, Siim Kallas, has announced a series of green transport goals including phasing out the use of petrol cars in city centres by 2050.

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