HKX blames a lack of demand for weekday connections for the reductions.

All trains are bookable until March 31 2017, when construction work will begin on the route, at which point a new timetable will be published to accommodate infrastructure works.

“In the future, HKX will concentrate even more on the needs of our regular customers, namely the weekend commuters and the leisure traffic, and thus on transport days with generally strong demand,” says CEO of HKX Mr Carsten Carstensen. “To this end we will also create special offers in the coming months.

“In addition, in 2017, we will be driving on other high-income days around and during the holiday periods.”

Tickets are available online from €18.