Recommendations for optimizing the cross border 705/706 service after trying out the service, read more: http://forum.railwayclub.info/index.php?topic=122942.msg454974#msg454974
Operation (in the direction of Przemysl):
1. Ukrainian custom formalities should be completed within the 50-55 minute drive from Lviv to Mostiska II. Kill the 13 minute stop at Mostiska II, 3 minutes should be enough. If the border check can't be completed in 50 minutes, add more personal.
2. Polish border checks begin in the train at Mostiska taking advantage of the 10 minute slow drive from Mostiska to Medyka.
3. The prolonged call in (30 minutes) in Medyka is cut to 3 minutes.
4. Begun in Mostiska, Polish border control continues en route after the train passes Medyka taking advantage of the 18 minute slow drive from Medyka to Przemysl.
5. If some passengers/wagons aren't processed yet by the Poles by the time the train arrives to Przemysl, those wagons remain sealed with closed doors while they are processed. Passengers from the en-route processed wagons are free to go immediately after the train reaches the station.
6. 2 PKP Intercity conductors board the train at Medyka. Taking advantage of the 18 minute slow drive from Medyka to Przemysl, they sell tickets for connecting PKP train services - easing the pressure on the ticket booths at the station in Przemysl.
These measures will instantly shorten the schedule by 37 minutes for train no. 705 (10+27) while providing the Polish border guards 31 minutes to process the train (10+3+18), one minute more than today.
1. Upgrading of tracks and switches at stations between Lviv and Mostiska II to a 120 km/h throughput standard, avoiding the need for the train to slow down wasting time and energy.
2. Upgrading of the Mostiska II - Przemysl railway from 40/60 km/h to 80/100 km/h.
3. The transfer for the passengers at Przemysl from the 1520 mm track to the 1435 mm platform shouldn't have to involve two times going up and down into underground passings.
Optimizing is important to increase the long term competitiveness of the connection.
It is bound to involve a change of trains due to the change of gauge. That inconvenience need to be compensated by smothering the other elements.