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Eva Kreienkamp - Articles and news items

Open-access success

Issue 2 2013 / 2 April 2013 /

In July 2012, Hamburg-Köln-Express – the first private long-distance rail service in Germany – began operations. Since then, this young company has successfully found its market, with a growing number of passengers regularly using the new service.

Open-access between Hamburg and Cologne

Issue 2 2012 / 11 April 2012 /

In 2012, the Hamburg-Köln-Express (HKX) will start operations, thus breaking new ground for open-access operators in Germany. With three six-wagon trainsets, HKX will provide space and comfort combined with modern services on the long-distance route between Hamburg and Cologne. Although the railway sector deregulation in Germany started as early as 1996, very few attempts to break the dominance of Deutsche Bahn in long-distance travel have been made. Apart from the InterConnex of VeoliaTransdev running between Rostock, Berlin and Leipzig, so far no open-access operators have success – fully joined the Intercity-market in Germany. In October 2009, HKX took up the challenge when it was founded as a joint venture by majorityshareholder Railroad Development Corporation, based in Pittsburgh, USA; Locomore Rail in Germany; and the British-Canadian investor and advisor Michael Schabas, who share the strong feeling that railway travel in Europe should be more competitive. Looking at Great Britain as a compelling example of how an increase in open-access operators can raise the overall service quality in terms of number of connections, attractive pricing and on-board service, HKX is now setting up operations, which will start between Hamburg and Cologne in late-2012…