The State Railway Administration (Ukrzaliznytsia) and the Russian Railways have reduced the intensity of train traffic on the Moscow-Kiev route.
Oleksandr Ivanko, the head of Ukrzaliznytsia’s main passenger department, told the Center for Transport Strategies that Ukrzaliznytsia stopped operating the Kiev-Moscow train No. 4/3 on February 25 because of falling passenger traffic.
In turn, the Russian Railways has canceled the Moscow-Kiev train No. 295/296, which was intended for transporting passengers during the Easter and May holidays.
In addition, on March 31, Ukrzaliznytsia changed the timetable of the Simferopol-Kiev train No. 146/145, which previously operated daily but will now operate on alternate days.
"Information about reduction of traffic volumes in the direction of Ukraine and the Crimea had not been received from CIS railway administrations as of March 31, 2014. Depending on the existing passenger traffic and considering Ukrainian legislative acts, traffic volumes may be adjusted under the current timetable and the 2014/2015 timetable, which will enter into force on June 1," said Ivanko.