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Germany is launching a recent rail travel scheme which allows unlimited travel by rail, tram and bus anywhere within the country for €49 (£43) per thirty days. Should the UK follow suit and introduce the same low-cost national travel pass? Vote in our poll.

The nationwide transport pass costs the equivalent of just £1.40 per day and may very well be introduced as early as January 1 next yr.

The German Embassy in London announced news of “the digital Deutschlandticket” on Twitter on November 3. They said the unlimited travel pass can be available next yr, but later added: “The Association of German Transport Corporations has warned that it might not be possible to roll out this ticket from January. Everyone seems to be aiming to have the ticket in place asap.”

The scheme intends to chop CO2 emissions and help people manage the price of living crisis. It is offered to all, no matter nationality and doesn’t require pre-booking.

The calendar-month ticket covers all however the fastest trains, U-Bahn and S-Bahn networks within the cities but includes trams, most buses and ferry services on the River Elbe in Hamburg. Despite not being valid on intercity expresses, journeys across the country are possible on slower regional express trains.

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The brand new scheme sees a 444 percent increase in price from the summer rate, but despite the hike, it remains to be seen as deal by many. Terry Reintke, co-president of the Greens within the European Parliament tweeted last month: “ €49 just isn’t €9 nevertheless it’s still step forward for reasonably priced, climate-friendly and social mobility.”

After meeting together with his counterparts from Germany’s 16 states last month, Transport Minister Volker Wissing said: “With the nine-euro ticket we showed that simplicity is best”. He announced that the brand new ticket wouldn’t be printed and may very well be bought monthly or as a continuous pass.  

The Federal Government has reportedly offered to subsidise the pass with €1.5billion  (£1.3billion) annually alongside state funding.

In July, referring to the summer scheme, Labour MP for East Leeds Richard Burgon said on Twitter: “In Germany you may now get a travel card for local and regional trains for just nine euros per thirty days…Let’s fight for this here!”

So what do YOU think? Should the UK follow Germany in introducing low-cost unlimited train travel? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts within the comment section below.

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