Three lines are on the list for passenger services closure so far.
Due to low train utilization, the Central Bohemian Region wants to stop passenger transport on more regional lines from December. This follows from a development of public transport document which was discussed yesterday by the Central Bohemian transport committee. The councilors have yet to decide on the reduction. The document was first highlighted by the Záhada lokálek website.
More lines are expected to stop running from December, specifically line 110 in the Slany – Louny section and line 062 in the Krinec – Mestec Kralove section. Depending on the results of a passenger census, passenger transport on the Melnik – Mlada Boleslav line may also be stopped. Traffic has been restricted on this line since the December timetable change.
“Trains are expected to be replaced by buses wherever the scope of transport services needs to be maintained,” the material states.
Negotiations with the Usti nad Labem Region
The operation on the Luzna – Zatec line is to be stopped in the second half of 2023. However, the Usti Region is the contractor on this line, and it has not yet agreed to the cuts. The Central Bohemian Region already added more bus connections along this line last year but the Usti Region still wants to negotiate the reduction. The material states that arrangements on the Velky Osek – Chlumec nad Cidlinou and Rakovnik – Louny line sections may be discussed as well. Petr Borecky, councilor for public transport, said that if municipalities stop co-financing the trains, the line to Dobris will be stopped too.
Since last year, the region has canceled operations on six lines and significantly reduced operations on others. In two cases, transport was restored when financed by municipalities. “The railway lines were built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, but today is a different time. A bus is cheaper for the public transport contractor, it is faster than a train and can go all the way to the municipality center,” Borecky said last year.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.