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2020.04.07 17:00

Lithuanian Railways halves passenger routes due to dropping demand

BNS2020.04.07 17:00

Lithuania's state-owned Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) is suspending service on 30 routes, in addition to 76 previous closures, but has pledged to ensure inter-city connection.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus quarantine, the company suspended about a third of its routes in response to dropping passenger numbers.

“We have temporarily suspended train services on a third – 76 out of 226 – of our routes. As the number of passenger continues to drop, we are suspending services on another 30 routes as of April 8,” Linas Baužys, the managing director of the company's passenger transportation subsidiary LG Keleiviams, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Train passenger numbers dropped 82 percent last week, from the same period last year. LG Keleiviams says it will ensure inter-city connection, but passengers will undergo stricter checks.

The company previously said it was limiting the number of passengers in trains to maintain sufficient distances. Passengers are no longer sold tickets on board and are not served food.