The ease of travelling to France by train

The ease of travelling to France by train

By Trevor Garrod For over two decades I have organised group visits by train to the Continent, using the services of an AERA member, and had one such group booked to go to Montpellier in May 2020. Obviously the visit had to be postponed more than once, but almost all...
Return to Stena

Return to Stena

It was April 1st when I made my first trip on the Harwich – Hoek van Holland ferry since 2020. Because of other commitments I found it convenient to stay the night in a hotel in Dovercourt and use the day sailing, coming back to England on the night sailing April...

Night Trains Back on Track?

AERA is in regular contact with Back-on-Track – a network of independent campaigns in many European countries for improved international services, especially night trains. Our Secretary (in an individual capacity) has taken part in their activities, including –by zoom...

European Year of Rail?

Trevor Garrod Secretary, AERA tgarrod21@gmail.com This is European Year of Rail – though British readers may be forgiven for not knowing, since the fact has been barely publicised in the UK. It is regrettable that the UK Government has failed to support this...

Trains Are a Safe Way To Travel

TRAINS ARE A SAFE WAY TO TRAVEL Because of COVID 19, some people have been claiming that trains are an unsafe way to travel, without providing any clear evidence to back their claim. Research in several European countries, including the UK, Germany, Austria, France...

AERA General Meeting – July 2020

AERA held a General Meeting with zoom on July 29th. Members reviewed the changing travel scene as the Government advice on “essential travel only” was relaxed and replaced by emphasis on “safer travel.” We consider it is vital to have  a joint...

AERA Christmas Fam Trip

Earlier this month AERA members and selected colleagues were invited to the German city of Frankfurt on a Fam Trip kindly sponsored by Eurostar, Deutsche Bahn and Frankfurt Tourism. This trip gave us the opportunity to experience the highest standard of rail transport...

AERA General meeting – May 2019

AERA General Meeting – May 2019 The AERA General Meeting on May 28th in London had a full agenda. We considered issues including  passenger rights when a connection is missed; standards on EuroCity trains; good and not so good practice with passes and zonal...

Travel with a Rail Pass: How customer-friendly are they?

Travel with a Rail Pass: How customer-friendly are they? The Association of European Rail Agents brings together travel agents, tour organisers and other specialists with particular expertise and experience in international rail travel. You can find out about each of...

AERA General Meeting – July 2019

At the AERA General Meeting on July 25th we were pleased to welcome  Magali Kennedy of SNCF whose presentation updated us on the rail situation in France and with whom we were able to discuss a range of related issues. At our next General Meeting, in London on ...