Transport Ministry Wants to Resume Train Service to Rajka and Gyor


Bratislava, March 24 (TASR) – The Transport and Construction Ministry, led by Arpad Ersek (Most-Hid), plans to resume the train service between Bratislava and the Hungarian towns of Rajka and Gyor as of December in order to improve the transport connection between the two neighbouring regions, TASR learnt on Friday.

“Based on growing mobility between the town of Rajka, Bratislava’s borough of Rusovce and Bratislava, the ministry has initiated negotiations with the Hungarian side on resuming the train service. The draft train timetable counts on launching this service as of December 2017,” said Ersek.

Trains should operate on the proposed railway link of [Bratislava’s borough of] Petrzalka – Rajka – Gyor and vice versa during peak hours. “The service would be ensured by ten trains in both directions. Their setting would enable passengers to use a follow-up train to Budapest,” said the ministry’s spokesperson Karolina Ducka.

However, all the legislative and technical requirements need to be met first. The train service running on the Slovak territory should be provided based on a transport in the public interest contract. “This will mean a negligible burden on the state pocket, since the cross-border transport on the Hungarian side is ensured by the Hungarian-Austrian company GySEV, which will only expand already existing railway routes on the Hungarian side,” added Ducka.