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GoRail stops train service from Tallinn to St. Petersburg and Moscow

BC, Tallinn, 17.04.2015.Print version
AS GoRail stops for an unknown duration passenger train service on the Tallinn-St. Petersburg and Tallinn-Moscow train route, LETA/Delfi reports.

"Sale of train tickets for the Tallinn-Moscow route has been temporarily suspended at the moment," said AS Go group Communications manager Kersti Gorstov.


On the Tallinn-St Petersburg route, the last train departs from Tallinn on 10 May and from St Petersburg on 11 May 2015.


Gorstov said that when the train traffic between Tallinn and St. Petersburg recovers, depends heavily on the economic political situation, and therefore it is difficult to say anything definite.


On the Tallinn-Moscow line, the date of the departure of the last train depends on the readiness of the state-owned AS Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Railways) to continue the carriage of passengers on this route. As of today, the last train leaves on the Tallinn-Moscow route on 17 May 2015.


Eesti Raudtee Communications Director Liina Hallik said that negotiations are under way on them taking over the operation of the train service. She said that it all depends on what the Russian Railways will decide about cooperation. "If they say "yes" then we in our part will make sure that the Tallinn-Moscow railway line is preserved," she said.


GoRail Manager Alar Pinsel said the cause for closing lines is the considerable fall of tourists from Russia, which is why it is not possible for a private company to maintain the routes solely with ticket revenues. He added that when the economic political situation recovers, the company is ready to continue trips on the Tallinn-St Petersburg route.

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