Russian Railways expects to reduce travel times of Allegro trains in 2016
Mikhail Akulov, Vice-President of Russian Railways, has announced that Russian Railways expects to reduce the travel times of Allegro trains in 2016. He made the announcement at a press conference in Helsinki dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the launch of the high-speed Allegro service between St. Petersburg - Helsinki.
"This project has paid off. In the first year after launching the Allegro services, we increased the number of passengers travelling between Finland and Russia by 40%. At the beginning of 2016, the train will carry its two millionth passenger," said Akulov.
Akulov also said that in 2016, the Company plans to reduce train travel time to 3 hours 27 minutes by the end of March, and to 3 hours 25 minutes by the end of the year.
According to the Vice-President of Russian Railways, reducing the train travel time and developing the services on board the train are further measures to attract passengers when choosing their mode of transportation and come in addition to the traditional broad application of the marketing policy to provide passengers with benefits and advantages.
"We are discussing options with Finnish Railways which will improve the efficiency of rolling stock and which will be of interest not only for residents of St. Petersburg and Helsinki, but also to those living in other cities in Russia and Finland," said Mikhail Akulov.