The first passenger train from the Russian city of St. Petersburg, bound for the Crimean city of Sevastopol, has arrived in the peninsula's capital of Simferopol, making a 15-minute stop, a TASS correspondent reported, who is traveling on the train.
The train, which crossed the Crimea Bridge overnight into Wednesday, is scheduled to arrive in Sevastopol at 09:25 local time (06:25 GMT).
The train departed from St. Petersburg’s Moskovsky Railway Station on December 23. A spokesperson for the Crimea Bridge Information Center told TASS earlier that the train had slowed down while crossing the bridge in order to provide its passengers with an opportunity to enjoy the views.
The Crimea Bridge, which connects Crimea and Russia’s Krasnodar region, is the longest in Europe. The bridge was opened to car traffic in May 2018, and for cargo traffic in the fall of 2018.
The construction of the railway part of the bridge was completed on December 18, 2019. Cargo trains are expected to start running across the bridge in July 2020.