April 27, 2016

Regiojet plans Prague - Bratislava services

Written by  Quintus Vosman
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Regiojet plans Prague - Bratislava services Quintus Vosman

CZECH open-access passenger operator Regiojet is planning to launch a new service between Prague and the Slovakian capital Bratislava.

Applications for train paths have reportedly been submitted to Czech infrastructure manager SŽDC and its Slovakian counterpart ŽSR for the services, which are expected to begin operating in December.

Dual-voltage locomotives capable of operating under 3kV dc and under 25kV 50Hz ac electrification systems would be required for the 396km route. RegioJet is already leasing Vectron multi-system locomotives from Vienna-based European Locomotive Leasing.

Previously Regiojet sought to introduce a Prague - Brno service on part of the same route, but this was vetoed by Czech Railways (CD), which operates long-distance services between the two cities under its contract with the Czech government. However, under European law cabotage rules apply to cross-border services which would enable Regiojet to serve Brno.

Regiojet already operates in Slovakia, with international trains from Prague and Ostrava serving Košice and domestic open-access long-distance services between Košice and Bratislava. Regiojet also operates regional services on the non-electrified Bratislava - Komarno line under a contract with the regional government.

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