lunes, 13 de diciembre de 2010

Speed train "Allegro", Helsinki to St. Petersburg

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Finnish President Tarja Halonen, became the first passengers of the first high speed train 'Allegro' which came out yesterday from Helsinki to St. Petersburg.
"It's phenomenal," said Putin about the trip on the train 'Allegro' adding that the railroad is going so fast that not even had time to talk to her traveling companion.
The convoy reaches a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour in the territory of Russia and 220 in the territory of Finland, and covers the distance between St. Petersburg and Helsinki in 3 hours and 30 minutes instead of the previous 6 hours and 18 minutes . This considerable reduction is due to a modern technological base, acceleration of border procedures and increased speed of trains.
The train has 296 seats and 48 second first-class, all equipped with electrical outlets. WiFi connectivity will be operational from next year. The trains have seats for passengers with disabilities, children's area and space for passengers with pets, as well as a shuttle car restaurante.También currency exchange on board.
As expected, the 'Allegro' made two departures a day and the price of a ticket will be between 84 and 134 euros, depending on the type of car.
One of the peculiarities of the new express that travel the route between Helsinki and St. Petersburg will be the border formalities are completed directly on the journey, through which significantly reduces the time it. In addition, passengers in the car can change its currency and receive change of the checks 'tax free'.
The celebration of the 2018 World Cup football in Russia will become a powerful impetus to the development of high speed traffic in the European part of the largest country in the world, announced in St. Petersburg on Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Today, high-speed trains 'Sapsan' connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod. In the short term plans include the extension of this service to the cities of Kazan, Samara and Ulyanovsk on the Volga area.
The opening of the route marked another phase of cooperation between Russia and Finland, said the news agency Itar-Tass.


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