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  • Leo Express Alstom Lint DMU (Photo Leo Express)
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    Leo Express to take over Bratislava – Komárno services

    2022-08-24T05:00:00Z

    SLOVAKIA: The Ministry of Transport has selected Czech open access operator Leo Express for a PSO contract to operate passenger services on the 95 km Bratislava – Dunajská Streda – Komárno line. The contract is intended to run for nine years from December 10 2023, but ...

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    Peter Köhler becomes Leo Express CEO again

    2022-05-29T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Shareholder RENFE has announced the appointment of Peter Köhler as CEO of central European open access and contract passenger operator Leo Express, a return to the position he held until the end of 2019. Pavel Spilka was appointed CEO in early 2020, since when Köhler ...

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    Leo Express reportedly cancels CRRC train contract

    2022-04-27T09:47:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Open-access passenger operator Leo Express told Railway Gazette International on April 27 that ‘taking into account the current situation, Leo Express cannot provide any comments with respect to the relationship with CRRC.’ This follows local media reports that it had cancelled a contract for ...

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    RENFE completes acquisition of 50% stake in Leo Express

    2021-08-26T04:57:00Z

    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE has gained access to the passenger markets of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia and ‘the necessary licences and resources’ to enter the German market, following the completion of its purchase of a 50% stake in Czech open access operator Leo Express.

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    RENFE to take stake in Leo Express in support of internationalisation strategy

    2021-03-09T16:47:00Z

    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE has announced its intention to acquire a 50% stake in central European open access operator Leo Express. RENFE said it sees a strategic opportunity to develop international business activities as Spain’s domestic market opens to competition. The proposed acquisition announced on ...

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    Leo Express mulls expansion in Germany and multi-system CRRC trainsets

    2020-12-01T09:49:00Z

    EUROPE: With its first Chinese-built Sirius trainsets moving on to a further phase of testing before entering revenue service next year, Czech open access operator Leo Express is now looking at ordering a multi-system variant capable of operating more widely across Europe.

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    Leo Express to operate trains to Wrocław

    2019-12-06T11:17:00Z

    EUROPE: Czech open access operator Leo Express signed an agreement with Polish regional operator Koleje Dolnośląskie on December 5 to run services between Praha and Wrocław, starting on December 20. Leo Express plans to run three trains a week from Praha and two a week in the ...

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    Leo Express goes multimodal

    2019-12-05T16:24:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Leo Express has launched a pilot first and last mile service by partnering with peer-to-peer car sharing company HoppyGo. The open access operator has become a minority shareholder in HoppyGo and expects to expand the service to destinations in Poland next year.

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    Leo Express takes delivery of CRRC EMU

    2019-09-17T15:24:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: The first of three Sirius electric-multiple-units being built for Leo Express has arrived in the Czech Republic, having been shipped from China via the port of Bremen. Tailor made for the open access operator by CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive, the multi-system EMU ...

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    LEO Express as

    LEO Express launched 2-hourly services between Praha and Ostrava in 2012, and now runs 11 train pairs each day with two continuing to Kosice in Slovakia and four to Staré Město u UH. In September 2016 it ordered a batch of 3 EMUs from CRRC Zhyzhou for delivery in 2018, ...

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    LEO Express GmbH

    Locomore was founded in 2007 to launch open-access long-distance services in Germany, starting a Berlin – Stuttgart service in December 2016. However services ended in May 2017 as the company filed for insolvency. On August 16, 2017, its assets were acquired by LEO Express, which as Leo Express GmbH intends ...

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    Leo Express unveils its Chinese EMUs

    2019-06-03T07:48:46Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: The three multi-system electric multiple-units being built for open access operator Leo Express by Chinese manufacturer CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive are nearing completion and on course for delivery in the second half of the year, the operator confirmed on June 3. The inter-city EMUs are due to undergo ...

  • Leo Express is to increase its weekends-only Praha – Kraków open access rail service to run daily between June 28 and September 2.
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    Leo Express looks to Ukraine as Polish service increased

    2019-05-31T07:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Czech rail and coach operator Leo Express is to increase its weekends-only Praha – Kraków open access rail service to run daily between June 28 and September 2, with a connecting coach link to Lviv in Ukraine. ‘People in Poland love Leo Express’, said CEO Peter Köhler on May ...

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    Leo Express wins regional contract

    2018-12-15T06:00:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: The Pardubice region has selected Leo Express to run subsidised services on the 024 Ústí nad Orlicí–Mlýnický Dvůr and 025 Dolní Lipka – Hanušovice routes currently operated by ČD. Leo Express’s first subsidised public service contract is to run for 10 years from December 2019. It plans ...

  • Leo Express is to restart its Praha – Kraków service on November 30.
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    Leo Express to restart Praha – Kraków service

    2018-11-09T14:03:18Z

    EUROPE: Czech open access passenger operator Leo Express is to restart its Praha – Kraków service on November 30. The service had been launched in July 20 but was suspended and replaced by coach services from October 9 because engineering works on the Polish section of the route were causing ...

  • LEO Express has secured a portfolio of 15 Alstom Lint diesel multiple-units.
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    LEO Express announces Lint DMU fleet

    2018-08-02T09:12:05Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: LEO Express announced on August 2 that it had secured a portfolio of 15 Alstom Lint diesel multiple-units for use from December 2019 or earlier on routes which it hopes to operate under public service contracts with local authorities. LEO Express said it was in negotiations to agree ...

  • LEO Express ran its inaugural service from Praha to Kraków on July 20.
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    LEO Express launches Praha – Kraków service

    2018-07-20T15:44:04Z

    EUROPE: Czech open access operator LEO Express ran its inaugural service from Praha to Kraków on July 20, saying it had become the first private operator to be certified to operate long-distance passenger services on the Polish network. ‘We are looking forward to our new customers from Poland and hope ...

  • LEO Express is to launch its Praha – Kraków service on July 20.
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    LEO Express confirms Praha – Kraków launch date

    2018-06-25T08:39:10Z

    EUROPE: LEO Express is to launch its Praha – Kraków service on July 20, the Czech open access operator announced on June 25. Trains will leave Praha hl n at 16.10 on Fridays and Sundays, serving stations including Ostrava, Bohumín, Katowice and Oświęcim before arriving in Kraków at 23.19. The ...

  • LEO Express has announced plans for a significant expansion of its services this year.
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    LEO Express plans major expansion

    2018-03-05T12:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Czech open access operator LEO Express has announced a significant expansion of its services this year, as part of its ambitions to become a major player in the Central European market. On April 1 a thrice-weekly service is scheduled to start between Praha and Kraków, a route which LEO ...

  • LEO Express expects to announce the launch date for a Praha – Ostrava  – Katowice – Kraków service in the near future.
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    Polish service approved as LEO Express aims to develop a central European network

    2017-10-16T12:41:25Z

    EUROPE: Czech open access operator LEO Express expects to announce the launch date for its planned Praha – Ostrava – Katowice – Kraków open access service in the near future, after Polish regulator UTK completed the certification process and granted train paths on October 13. Daily services would leave ...