Guben cross-border bridge between Germany and Poland (Photo: Global Fish, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Photos: Global Fish, CC BY-SA 3.0

EUROPE: Local transport authorities in Lubuskie voivodship and the Land of Brandenburg have agreed to reinstate passenger services on the railway between Zielona Góra in Poland and Guben, which is split by the Germany-Poland border.

The line has been freight-only since October 2002, and its revival will require Polish infrastructure manager PKP PLK to renovate the platforms at various stations.

Service RB92 is scheduled to start running from June 12 2022, with Polregio responsible for operations in Poland and DB Regio for the short section within Germany. There will initially be a weekend-only service of three trains each way on Saturdays and two on Sundays, but the medium-term plan is to increase this to a daily service of six to eight trains in each direction. This would require infrastructure modernisation to improve line speeds on the Polish part of the route.

Longer-term plans envisage the operation of trains that are approved to run in both Germany and Poland, allowing services to be extended through to Cottbus, along with electrification of the route.