Croatian Railways: Reconsider planned cuts to international passenger rail services
  • Petitioned Mr Dražen Ratković

This petition was delivered to:

Director, Croatian Railways Passenger Transport
Mr Dražen Ratković
Minister of Maritime affairs, transport and infrastructure
Mr Siniša Hajdaš Dončić
Assistant Minister, MPPI and President of Croatian Railways Supervisory Board
Mr Jasmin Krizmanić
Minister for the Protection of the Environment and Nature
Mr Mihael Zmajlović

Croatian Railways: Reconsider planned cuts to international passenger rail services

    1. Petition by

      World Carfree Network Europe

      Zagreb, Croatia

(Hrvatski dolje) Every year, thousands of people come from other European countries to Croatia's beautiful coast for holidays by train or use the train to visit their relatives and friends. But as of December this year, cross-border train travel to and from Croatia is about to get a whole lot more difficult: Croatian Railways has announced http://www.hznet.hr/medunarodni-prijevoz that it is to cut 44 out of 56 daily international services (update - now 32, see below), and even two of the remaining ones would run in summer only.

Rail is the most environmentally acceptable mode of long-distance transport, with relatively low pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In Europe many people also consider it a pleasant and comfortable way to travel. It is therefore not surprising that the European Union – which Croatia is joining next year – has a transport policy stipulating that by 2050 most medium-distance passenger travel should be by rail. It is ironic that, at a time when Croatia is joining the EU, its rail policy is going in the other direction.

This makes rail travel drastically more inconvenient. It also makes ordinary people pay for mistakes that have been made by Croatian Railways and the Croatian government. For years the Croatian government has put many more resources into motorway construction than into investing in rail, and the result is that many people use cars on routes where they could go by train. Likewise Croatian Railways has for too long avoided making improvements in service and efficiency, and has failed to sufficiently advertise its services.

Join us in calling on Croatian Railways and the Croatian Government to reconsider their decision to cut cross-border rail services. And don't forget to add a comment: Do you come to Croatia by rail on holiday? Or have you been planning to? Do you regularly visit friends and relatives in neighbouring countries by train? Are you maybe a cyclist who likes to travel some of the route by rail and for whom buses are not a viable alternative?

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Svake godine tisuće ljudi iz ostalih europskih zemalja vlakom dolazi na odmor na prekrasnu hrvatsku obalu ili u posjetu rođacima i prijateljima. No, od prosinca ove godine prekogranična putovanja vlakom u Hrvatsku i iz nje postat će puno teža - Hrvatske željeznice najavile su http://www.hznet.hr/medunarodni-prijevoz ukidanje 44 od 56 (update - sada 32, vidjete dolje) dnevnih međunarodnih linija, a dvije od preostalih prometovat će samo ljeti.

Željeznica je, s relativno niskim zagađenjem i emisijom stakleničkih plinova, okolišno najprihvatljiviji način prijevoza na veće udaljenosti. Također, u Europi mnogi ljudi smatraju da je to ugodan i udoban način putovanja. Stoga ne čudi da je Europska unija – kojoj se Hrvatska pridružuje sljedeće godine - usvojila prometnu politiku koja propisuje da se do 2050. godine većina putničkog prometa na srednje udaljenosti treba odvijati željeznicom. Ironično je da, u vrijeme kada Hrvatska ulazi u EU, njezina željeznička politika ide u suprotnom smjeru.

Ove promjene drastično će otežati putovanje vlakom. To također znači da će građani ispaštati zbog grešaka koje su učinile uprave Hrvatskih željeznica i Vlada Republike Hrvatske. Godinama su hrvatske Vlade ulagale mnogo više sredstava u izgradnju autoceste nego željeznicu, a rezultat je nepotrebno korištenje automobila na relacijama kojima se može putovati vlakom. Isto tako, Hrvatske željeznice predugo su izbjegavale poboljšanja u uslugama i učinkovitosti te nisu dovoljno oglašavale svoje usluge.

Pridružite nam se u pozivu Hrvatskim željeznicama i Vladi RH da preispitaju svoju odluku o ukidanju međunarodnih željezničkih linija. Ne zaboravite dodati vlastiti komentar: Dolazite li vlakom na odmor u Hrvatsku? Planirate li činiti to u budućnosti? Posjećujete li rodbinu ili prijatelje u susjednim zemljama vlakom? Jeste li možda biciklist/ica koji/a voli putovati na nekim od navedenih linija i za koje autobusi nisu održiva alternativa?

 

 

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Day train Zagreb-Sarajevo-Ploce saved!

      World Carfree Network Europe
      Petition Organizer

      According to a letter from Croatian Railways to Zelena akcija (Friends of the Earth Croatia) today, the Zagreb-Sarajevo-Ploce day train will run next year after all. Phew, one more saved!

    3. Update: Croatian international trains 2013/ Međunarodni prijevoz 2013.

      World Carfree Network Europe
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.hznet.hr/medunarodni-prijevoz01:
      U skladu s odlukom Uprave tvrtke svakodnevno će voziti po jedan par vlakova na relacijama:

      One pair of trains per day will run on the following routes:
      - Zagreb - Beč (Vienna)
      - Vinkovci - Zagreb - Villach,
      - Zagreb - Villach - Frankfurt,
      - Ploče - Sarajevo,
      - Beograd - Zagreb - Zürich,
      - Rijeka - Ljubljana (s vezom za Beč/with connection to Vienna),
      - Rijeka - Ljubljana (s vezom za München/with connection to Munich),
      - Zagreb - Villach,
      - Sarajevo - Zagreb,
      - Zagreb - München i
      - Budimpešta(Budapest) - Zagreb.

      U ljetnoj sezoni vozit će po jedan par vlakova na relaciji Budimpešta – Split.

      In summer there will be one train pair Budapest-Split.

      S pojedinim međunarodnim partnerima još uvijek se razgovara o mogućem uvođenju još nekih linija.

      Some train services are still under negotiation with international partners.

    4. Partly good news! Some international trains to be spared!

      World Carfree Network Europe
      Petition Organizer

      Radio Sljeme this morning interviewed Mr Drazen Ratkovic from Croatian Railways, who said that they have modified their decision and that around 24 trains per day will stay in service, while some are still being decided upon. We are trying to get further information and will keep this page updated. However for now still around half of the trains are to be cut, so it's not quite time for celebration yet. We'll keep you informed.

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. T-Portal article on this topic

      World Carfree Network Europe
      Petition Organizer

      Following H-Alter's story on this issue on Monday, today T-portal has also written about this topic at: http://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/svijet/218410/Ne-ukidajte-vlakove-na-medunarodnim-linijama.html#.UG6U4I6D6OE

      'Ne ukidajte vlakove na međunarodnim linijama!'

      World Carfree Network poziva hrvatsku Vladu i Hrvatske željeznice da ne ukinu prometovanja vlakova na međunarodnim željezničkim linijama i da povećaju ulaganja u infrastrukturu, opremu i razvoj.

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Graziella D'Alfonso ROMA, ITALY
      • 8 months ago

      Please, do not leave us without that possibility. I'm Italian!

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      • about 1 year ago

      Please, reconsider also the re-introduction of a daily connection between Zagreb and Venice. Presently there no trains between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, and this is a pity!

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    • Péter Boross BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
      • over 1 year ago

      From Budapest to Bosnia (after the bankrupcy of Malév) the only remained travel solution was the Adria international train from Budapest to Sarajevo. In December this train was stopped by Croatia despite that Hungary and Bosnia wanted to maintain it. Because of the stop of this train, the last week my travel from Budapest to Prnjavor, Bosnia (by train and bosnian private car) and return was minimum 3 hours longer changing between train and car in Novi Sad, Serbia, and I had to wake up 3:45 a.m. for the return trip. So I can congratulate to the idiots who decided this strong cut of international rail services at HZ.

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    • Irmgard Bauer VIENNA, AUSTRIA
      • over 1 year ago

      railways are better for the environment

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    • Bob Kenyon OLD CLEEVE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Well, I was planning to fly to Split and then catch the train to Sibenik, Rijeka, Trieste and Venice. Is this going to be possible in a reasonable amount of time?

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