Slovenian Railways are preparing „last mile“ service
Slovenia’s state railway company, Slovenian Railways (SZ), is preparing to collaborate with business partners Petrol and MOL expansion of the range of services with ‘last-mile’ offers such as car-sharing, electric taxis and electric bicycles. The company is currently in the tendering process to construct charging stations for electric cars around the area of Ljubljana railway station.
‘The car sharing service would be based on the hiring of electric cars and would be primarily intended for users of our service who arrive at the destination station and want to continue their journey around the city,’ an SZ spokesperson said. ”Besides, if we talk about traffic volume and structure of the users as basis for this decision, potential users are residents of the Ljubljana, Maribor and Celje” SZ answered.
The electric car-sharing scheme will be limited in scope to the urban centre, while electric taxi services will serve more distant destinations. There are also plans to introduce bicycle parking facilities, and the possibility to rent electric bicycles at the station, which travellers can also use to reach their final destination.
Project is still in the preparation phase and when it finish and when analysis will be made project will give clear solutions. The important precondition is the infrastructure.
“The trains have limited space for transportation of the bikes especially in the cases where the trains are full mostly because of daily passangers. For that type of passengers is a great possibility to continue journey with a bike rented after they arrive to the destination” SZ said.
If such services are popular with travellers, the company said that they could be extended to other railways stations, such as in Maribor and Celje.