Passenger rail service between Lelle, Viljandi restored

Renovations on the Lelle-Türi section of rail.
Renovations on the Lelle-Türi section of rail. Source: Olev Kenk/ERR

Major repairs on the Lelle-Türi section of railroad have been completed, and passenger rail service between Lelle and Viljandi was restored as of Monday morning.

The overhaul began on April 27 with the removal of the old railroad from Lelle to Türi and laying of new railroad ties and rails.

The overhaul cost a total of €12.5 million and was financed by Edelaraudtee using loan funds. The main contractor was GoTrack OÜ.

As the work was underway, rail passengers were transported between Lelle and Viljandi using substitute buses.

Ronnie Kongo, director of development and sales Elron, said that the passenger rail service operator restored rail service at pre-coronavirus crisis volumes beginning Monday.

"Passenger numbers are also slowly increasing, which is why we have decided that the schedule will include the same frequency as it did prior to repair work and the coronavirus crisis," Kongo said. "It just has to be taken into account that repair work is continuing. Trains can run, but there are some speed restrictions, due to which the schedule is slightly different than it was here in February, for example."

Top speeds on the renovated portion of the railroad will be permitted to be increased at the end of the year, after which it is expected that an express train trip from Tallinn to Viljandi could take less than one hour and 55 minutes.


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