“We want to bring ourselves to the lines that bring us the most profit. And these include, in particular, night connections to the east, “said Dalibor Zelený, CEO of Czech Railways, at the conference on the new timetable. It will be valid from December 15. The head of the railways had in mind mainly connections to Moscow.
In agreement with the Russians, Czech Railways will skip Warsaw from the route, thus reducing the journey time by 12 hours to 25 hours. In addition, Czech Railways customers will be able to use the new Russian train Moscow – Ostrava – Breclav – Milan – Monte Carlo – Nice. Tickets for it began to be sold at ČD box offices this afternoon.
As for other international connections, there will be fewer direct trains to Poland, such as EuroCity Prague, which runs to Warsaw. The railways, on the other hand, will strengthen connections to Slovakia; on the branch via Vsetín to Žilina, they will introduce a two-hour cycle of international express trains. Thanks to the ongoing reconstruction of the fourth corridor, it will run faster between Prague and Linz. Driving time is reduced by up to 18 minutes and drops below five hours.
One hundred modernized wagons will be added for passengers
From the same, the journey from the capital to České Budějovice will be accelerated, by 12 minutes to two hours and 28 minutes. The tracks want to gradually use modernized wagons with air conditioning on this line. On the topic of modernization, Zelený stayed the longest. According to him, Czech Railways wants to cancel all East German B-Series cars within five years and replace them with more modern ones. “Some cars are not dignified for the 21st century,” Green said. Leatherette cars will mostly replace modernized used cars.
The railways want to put 100 modernized wagons and another 80 new cars bought from Austria into operation next year. In addition, he should be on the dorms from the middle of the year to Discover the First Railjet Express Train. He will drive between Prague and Vienna.
Another novelty is the daily commuting of the commuter train to Františkovy Lázně. D1 Expressy Prague – Brno will definitely end. Every day, Czech Railways sends 6,725 trains that travel over 333,000 train kilometers. The Ministry of Transport has ordered almost the same number of kilometers remotely for next year, with a decrease of 1.25 percent in regions and regional transport. The largest year-on-year declines are in the Liberec Region (-8.4 percent) and the Pilsen Region (-6.4 percent). On the contrary, the number of trains in Prague and its surroundings will increase slightly. A novelty is, for example, the express train Prague – Tábor.