February 23, 2018

Leo Express applies for international train paths

Written by  Quintus Vosman and Keith Barrow
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A Prague-bound Leo Express service passes Velim on February 21. A Prague-bound Leo Express service passes Velim on February 21. Quintus Vosman

OPEN-access passenger operator Leo Express has submitted track access applications to the Czech Office for Access to Transport Infrastructure (ÚDPI) for international services to destinations in Austria, Germany, and Poland.

According to the documents, Leo Express is seeking capacity for the following routes:
• Prague Hlavní Nádraži - Berlin Main Station: six train pairs a day via the Bad Schandau border crossing from December 9 2018
• Prague Hlavní Nádraži - Wroclaw Glówny: two train pairs a day on Saturdays and Sundays via the Lichkov-Międzylesie border crossing from December 9 2018,
• Prague Hlavní Nádraži - Krakow Glówny: three train pairs per week via the Bohumín-Zebrzydowice border crossing from April 2019, increasing to one train pair per day from August 1 2019, and
• Prague Hlavní Nádraži - Vienna Main Station: three train pairs a day via the Břeclav border crossing from December 9 2018.

Leo Express chief institutional affairs officer Mrs Barbora Mičková told IRJ that the operator has formally expressed an interest in these routes to fulfil a new legal obligation for an Economic Equilibrium Test (EET). The EET is a provision of the Fourth Railway Package defining the conditions under which Member States can restrict access to their domestic rail infrastructure where a new open-access service might compromise the economic equilibrium of a public service obligation (PSO) passenger rail contract.

Leo Express says it cannot comment any further on its plans as they are at the notification stage.

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