State confirmed plans for trains from Prague to the Baltic, the contract to obtain without the competition of Czech Railways
RegioJet also wants to take the same route.
The Ministry of Transport has confirmed that it wants to introduce a new direct connection between Prague and the Baltic coast in Poland from December 2023. It has already published a preliminary notice in the European Public Procurement Gazette, according to which the contract for the operation of the new R32 Prague – Wrocław – Gdynia line on the Czech side would be won by České dráhy. But RegioJet also wants to take the route with a commercial line.
The new line has been talked about since last year, and will receive clearer outlines from the beginning of the year. “Preparations for the new R32 line are proceeding as expected. Prior notification has been announced, operation is expected to start in December 2023, “ said a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport. They have a contract by direct assignment without the Czech Railways competition. “We assume direct assignment of Czech Railways carriers,” added Jemelka. About the plan for a new connection The Ministry of Transport recently also informed the Pardubice Region.
Czech Railways probably expects to operate earlier and in cooperation with a Polish partner all the way to the Baltic to Gdynia. In their February response to the planned acquisition of Siemens Vectron locomotives, they stated that they would take over 7 machines by the end of October 2022 and would be deployed on the new line Prague – Lichkov – Wroclaw – Gdynia.
There is currently no direct connection by rail between Prague and Wrocław, Leo Express used to run on the route. However, the line has not been restored yet.
The line from Prague to Gdynia also got on the list of planned new connections of Regiojet. “We are looking at routes where we are convinced of the possibilities of operating trains in the open access mode (free access of carriers, same regime as Prague – Ostrava, editor’s note), “ says company spokesman Alešl Ondrůj. “Poland is currently one of our priorities,” added Ondrůj.