Stowarzyszenie Kolejowych Przewozów Lokalnych (SKPL), a Polish private railway carrier, applied to Poland’s Office of Rail Transport for a permit for transportation of passengers on the railway route Warszawa Wschodnia - Lublin - Hrebenne (Polish-Ukrainian border) in the second half of April.
This was reported by the Rynek kolejowy publication, the CFTS portal reports. According to the report, the abovementioned route should become part of the Warsaw - Hrebenne - Rava-Ruska - Lviv international route.
According to its application, SKPL plans to operate trains on this route from 1 June 2023 to 31 May 2028. The carrier informed the Office of Rail Transport it would operate trains only on international routes.
The company plans to operate a pair of trains with a minimum capacity of 240 passengers daily. According to the company’s plans, departure from the Warszawa Wschodnia railway station is scheduled for 14:00 (local time) and departure from Lublin for 16:00. Arrival in Rava-Ruska is scheduled for 20:15 (Kyiv time). Passengers will transfer to Lviv-bound trains operated by the Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia). On the return journey, departure from Rava-Ruska is scheduled for 08:45 and arrival in Warsaw for 13:00.
As reported earlier, an SKPL train performed a test trip on the Lublin - Rava-Ruska route in early April.
"The launch of a service between Warsaw, Lublin, Rava-Ruska, and Lviv will allow us to meet Ukrainians’ huge demand for convenient rail logistics to and from the Polish capital, as well as to relieve the automobile traffic at border crossings," Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Development of Communities, Territory, and Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov said at the time.