New Trains to Tackle Isolation of Estonia's Northeast

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Along with other major changes to the nation's passenger train service at the beginning of next year - which include the introduction of brand new trains and more frequent departures - the state company Elron is also planning to improve the connection between Tallinn and Narva.

Ida-Viru County is the second most populated county in Estonia, but the train connection with the capital is nearly non-existent: currently, there is just one train a day connecting Tallinn with Narva, reported ERR radio.

Elron's sales and marketing director, Norbert Kaareste, said three additional trains will be added to the line next year and the trip will become faster as well. The hope is that the slightly better connection will give people commuting to work another option.

Kaareste said if passenger numbers are sufficient, there could be hope for a high-speed train in the future.

"But that depends on the number of passengers," said Kaareste.

The company estimates that the new trains will boost passenger numbers on the line by a third.

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