Ukraine resumes passenger trains to Romania

Copii privind prin fereastra unui tren neîncălzit care pleacă din Kiev spre Lviv, joi, 3 martie 2022, Ucraina. Foto: Vadim Ghirda
Children look out the window of an unheated Lviv bound train, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 3, 2022. Des enfants regardent à travers la fenêtre d’un train non chauffé pour Lviv, le jeudi 3 mars 2022 à Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukraine’s railway operator has resumed passenger trains to Romania starting Jan. 18.

The operator, JSC Ukrzaliznytsia said the new route will go from Rakhiv in Ukraine to  Valea-Viseului  in northwest Romania, according to the press service of Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry.

„We are resuming the passenger railway routes to Romania. Trains #755/756 and #753/754 Rakhiv — Valea-Viseului — Rakhiv will start running on January 18. Daily departure from Rakhiv at 06:10 and 14:10, arrival in Valea-Viseului at 07:45 and 15:45, respectively. Trains will depart from Valea-Viseului at 11:45 and 18:15 and arrive in Rakhv at 12:20 and 18:50, ”  a statement said.

The arrival and departure schedule is adapted to that of Romanian trains. Passengers arriving at the Valea-Viseului station will be able to transfer to other trains bound for Bucharest and Cluj.

Also, repair works have been completed at another station on the border with Romania: Teresva-State Border. It had not been operational since 2007.

„After completing these projects, we are actually relaunching the key railway routes between Ukraine and Romania because today there are only two international crossings: Vadul-Siret – Dornesti and Diakove – Halmeu. Only cargo shipments are being carried out there,” the ministry added.

In 2022, Ukrzaliznytsia repaired 19.2 kilometers of tracks and 12 bridges on the Rakhiv — Dilove — Valea Viseului section (Romania), and also renovated the Rakhiv railway station which had not been in operation since 2011.

Ukrzaliznytsia is also putting on a train route from  Lviv to Rakhiv and back to Lviv. It will depart from Lviv at 7:00 and arrive in Rakhiv at 13:20. The train will depart from Rakhiv at  14:34 and arrive in Lviv at 20:50.

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