Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Pendolino should return to the rails in September

THE CZECH high-speed train Pendolino will return to the Košice-Prague route on September 1.

(Source: TASR)

The reason is that Slovak state-run passenger carrier ZSSK needs it to compete with private companies operating on the same line, the Denník N daily reported.

Pendolino stopped riding from Prague to Košice back in July, after a serious accident near Ostrava, the Czech Republic. Three people died and another 17 were injured after the train crashed into a truck that entered the railway crossing. The train was seriously damaged, the daily wrote.

The Czech state-run railway company will restore Pendolino’s operation though it can use only six of seven train sets which they need to use on their main Prague-Ostrava route.

“The renewed operation of Pendolino will be possible thanks to the return of one repaired train set,” České Dráhy spokesperson Petr Šťáhlavský told Denník N.

According to unofficial information, the main reason for such a quick return of Pendolino is ZSSK’s fight with private carrier RegioJet which has operated the route to Košice since last October. It offers free drinks, newspapers and also cheap tickets.

Another private company, Leo Express, also launched trains on the route in the end of 2014.

As a result, ZSSK launched cooperation with České Dráhy and started sending Pendolino to Košice, whose comfort significantly exceeds that of ordinary state-run trains, as reported by Denník N.

Topic: Transport


Top stories

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness

Foreign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?

For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.