Bratislava, January 22 (TASR) – Private rail passenger carrier RegioJet increased the capacity of its trains on the Bratislava-Dunajska Streda-Komarno route as of January 22, TASR learnt on the same day.
RegioJet put a new train in operation to run at a peak time. The carrier now operates a double-length train, while only a standard train was used before, meaning an increase in transport capacity of 500 seats in total.
“Thanks to this, we’ve boosted train capacity at the peak time by 12 percent,” said RegioJet communications coordinator Martin Zarnovicky. RegioJet has rented the trains, but plans to purchase its own and wants three of this kind to start operating by the summer.
“When all three trains are available to us, we’d like to boost train capacity by as much as 25 percent, meaning 1,000 extra seats,” said Zarnovicky.
Transport and Construction Minister Arpad Ersek (Most-Hid) experienced the extra capacity on the route on Monday morning by travelling on the morning train from the village of Kvetoslavovo (Trnava region) to Bratislava. He pointed to the fact that the number of trains on this line can’t be increased, as it is a single-track line. Transport capacity can only be boosted via longer trains, therefore.
“People will be able to travel more comfortably, as new trains will operate on the busiest and most overcrowded rail services in order to carry more people,” stated the minister.
The morning train arrived in Bratislava an hour late, however. The transport minister wasn’t happy about this. “People had a right to be angry,” he said. According to Zarnovicky, the delay was caused by a technical failure. Passengers were diverted onto other trains.
RegioJet annually transports about 2.7 to 3 million passengers on the aforementioned route. Before it began operating services, the route was used by 790,000 passengers per year on average. The carrier expects a further increase in passenger numbers as of this April, when it will join the Integrated Transport System.