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Supplement on “fast train” service will hurt rail travel, says interest group

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New tariff regulations that will require passengers on “fast trains” to pay a supplement will hurt the competitiveness of rail travel while improving the position of road transport, according to a report by the Hungarian Transportation Club, daily Magyar Nemzet said on Wednesday. The measure is unjustified on professional grounds, the organization, established in 1989 to “safeguard the interests of environmentally-friendly mobility,” said in the report. The National Economy Ministry's press office said a few days earlier that only 456 fast train services will require a supplement out of nearly 3,000 regular services in the country. It added that revenues from supplements will be used to upgrade trains and services.

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