May 10, 2016

Poland - Lithuania standard-gauge passenger services to begin next month

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AFTER lengthy negotiations and technical preparations, Polish operator Regional Railways (PR) and Lithuanian Railways (LG) carried out the first test run on May 5 for a new service connecting Bialystok in eastern Poland with the Lithuanian city of Kaunas via the new standard-gauge link between the two countries, which opened last October.

LG says modern rolling stock will be provided and it expects the services to begin operating on June 17, with two trains per day initially running only at weekends. The journey time for the 250km trip will be 4h 40min with a one-way fare of €11.

A Warsaw - Bialystok PKP Intercity service is also due to be extended to Kaunas from next month.

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