The first passenger train on the Kovel-Chelm (Poland) route will be launched on June 12. The board chairman of the Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia), Wojciech Balczun, announced this at a press conference in Kharkiv, the CFTS reports.

"The first train to Chelm will depart on June 12. It is a long-awaited route," Balczun said. A rail bus is expected to be operated on the route, but Ukrzaliznytsia will operate another rolling stock if there if great demand for transportation on the route.

Balczun also noted that negotiations were being held with Hungary and Slovakia to launch international trains.

As CFTS reported, a test train from Kovel to Chelm was launched on May 5. A two-car Pesa rail bus designed for 182 passengers will be operated on the route. The approximate travel time is 2 hours, and the ticket price is UAH 130-150. The rail bus will operate daily. The estimated departure time from Kovel is 11:50. There will be no stops at intermediate train stations.