A Kosice-Mukacheve train performed the first test trip from Slovakia on April 2.
This was announced by the board chairman of the Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (JSC Ukrzaliznytsia), Yevhen Kravtsov, the CFTS portal reports.
“This is only a test trip. As we promised, we plan to launch a regular passenger service in June. It will be possible to travel from a Ukrainian train station to Slovakia on a rail bus in four hours. The route is Košice – Čierna nad Tisou – Chop – Mukacheve," Kravtsov wrote on Facebook.
Slovakian rolling stock will be operated on the route. According to Ukrzaliznytsia, this test trip was performed by a rail bus belonging to the Slovak operator, ZSSK. As reported by the Sirius television channel, the rail bust consisted of two cars designed to carry 78 passengers.
Oleksandr Krasnoshtan, the head of Ukrzaliznytsia’s long-distance passenger transportation department, said in an interview with the CFTS portal that regular train services on the route was scheduled to begin on June 9.