Rail operator Trainose S.A. announced the cancellation of the dining and sleeping car service for Hellenic Rail (OSE) trains as of March 1, 2011 after the expiration of a contract with a catering service provider on Feb. 28, 2011.

The sleeping wagons were available in overnight trains servicing the Athens-Thessaloniki, Athens-Sofia and Thessaloniki-Istanbul routes.

Speaking in Parliament in response to a relevant question tabled by Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) MP Panagiotis Lafazanis, Deputy Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Spyros Vougias on Monday said that “Trainose S.A. made the decision within the framework of efforts aimed at eliminating deficits, while maintaining the best possible quality in the services offered to passengers”.