Passenger trains between Venice and Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, are expected to be back in operation next year.
Italy’s Trenitalia will start operating trains between Ljubljana, Trieste and Venice next year, with a stop-over planned at Ronchi near Trieste airport, the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) reported on Monday, quoting a press release by the national rail company Slovenske Zeleznice.
The restored train service, said the STA report, is waiting only for an agreement to be signed between the Italian rail company and the authorities of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
The Slovenian rail operator believes the re-connection will pave the way for business, tourism and other kinds of cooperation between the countries.
Trains on the route will run twice a day and the journey is expected to take about two hours and a half to Trieste and between three and four hours to Venice at a competitive price, said Slovenske Zeleznice.
Slovenia and Italy have not had a direct rail passenger service since the night train between Hungary’s Budapest and Venice via Croatia’s Zagreb and Ljubljana was discontinued in December 2011 because the Hungarian and Italian railway operators failed to agree on contractual terms.