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Banská Bystrica region finally licenses RegioJet bus operator

The Czech bus operator RegioJet can finally start the long-distance bus line between Banská Bystrica and Bratislava. Banská Bystrica region(BBSK) granted it a license January 13.

The Czech bus operator RegioJet can finally start the long-distance bus line between Banská Bystrica and Bratislava. Banská Bystrica region(BBSK) granted it a license January 13.

BBSK Governor Marian Kotleba believes that this line will help to develop this region, improve the life of its inhabitants, increase the comfort and services of hauliers for passengers and support the business environment, the BBSK spokesman Vladimír Gürtler told the SITA newswire.

RegioJet applied for the license to operate the line Banská Bystrica - Nitra - Bratislava with Banská Bystrica region after Bratislava region refused its request. The license can be granted by one of the regions in which the lines starts.

Beginning January, head of RegioJet Radim Jančura announced, as quoted by the TASR newswire, that they would like to launch the bus line since this February.

After the company was refused the license in December 2014, it started a billboard campaign on January 1 in Bratislava and Nitra (which it crosses on its route) regions. There have been 50 billboards place in these regions stating: “Welcome to a region of corruption and cronyism. Region: Nitra. Responsible: Milan Belica, governor. Town: Nitra. Responsible: Jozef Dvonč, mayor”; and “Welcome to a region of corruption and cronyism. Region: Bratislava. Responsible: Pavol Frešo, governor.”

Bratislava region when refusing the license cited the due law procedure that conditions the license on an approval by all regions involved. However, Nitra region issued a disapproving stance arguing with the upcoming reconstruction of bus station in Nitra and looming traffic jams, TASR wrote.

RegioJet wrote in a statement that it plans to launch the bus line since February 2, 2015 with 14 buses driving this route daily. There will be two lines: Nitra – Bratislava and Banská Bystrica – Bratislava.

Radim Jančura thanked Kotleba for “deciding in compliance with laws of the Slovak Republic”, adding that citizens will be able to travel in comfortable buses for half the prices they are paying now.

(Source: SITA, TASR, RegioJet)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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